Kathmandu August 7 2009: The Kathmandu District court has extended the detention period of Biplav Man Singh the main culprit in the killing of six innocent after the reckless act of drinking and driving.
Singh is alleged of Killing six people and leaving one injured. The court today announced the extension of the detention period to further five more days where he is handed over to the Central Crime Investigation Bureau Hanuman Dhoka for further investigation.
After the tragic accident in the morning of August 5, at around 12:45 AM, the Kathmanduties were bound to search and understand the weak traffic monitoring mechanism and its role in safeguarding the general public.
Drinking and driving has been one of the main reasons for road accident and death toll rate in and around the world. It’s emerging with development where reckless act of drinking and driving is considered as illegal and life threatening. After the deaths, the Nepal Traffic Police which was silent is very operational in-fact the Police personnel have indirectly reasoned the happening to be lack of insufficient resources and budget.
Singh who was celebrating his 21st birth day at his home in Khichapokhari on August 5 didn’t knew what faith had stored for him. With the whim of excitement and alcohol rushing down his blood stream Singh left his home to drop his friends. At around 12:45 AM with the car Numbered Ba 4 Cha 8030 Honda City, he smashed the car into the pedestrian walkway of Bhotahity killing Dharma Nath Singh and his wife Beena Singh, Kasawa Mehasi. Madan Kumar Gupta, Krishna Devi Gupta, and her son Sanjay Gupta who were all Indian citizens. Likewise Sujan Shrestha was a Nepali national who also suffered the consequences of his reckless driving. Dipak Gupta is the injured who survived the accident. He is currently located at the Neuro hospital in Bansbari where he is being treated for his injuries.
Singh was doing his Bachelors in Bushiness Management in Bangalore who had came to his home town to celebrate his Birth day when the unfortunate accident happened.
According to an eyes witness, “The car rushed in a fast speed and within second there was a loud noise and then silence overhauled in with bloodshed every where killing the six and injuring one who was shouting with pain. It was like a dream that was captured in seconds of time where words can’t define the feeling and action. ”
“After the accident, the three fled in a taxi moving on with in the thin air, “added he.
On august 6 the suspense was over when the Singh who had fled the crime scene surrendered himself at the Hanumandhoka Police station.
According to singh, statement, “He was driving the car at a speed of 80 KM per hour and suddenly the motorcycle came in front and while saving the motorcycle he took the turn and landed his car in the pedestrian walkway where the deceased were walking.”
No-matter-the-less reckless driving was something that was a far story in Nepal but after this case; it’s a hot issue where every Nepali feels insecure to walk in streets at nights. With the reality of weak traffic monitoring mechanism, drinking and driving is an emerging problem which needs to be addressed with proper awareness and regulation. The state and regulators should further create proper management and facilitate the resources in the most effective and efficient way to avoid such incidents in the coming days.
By Shreedeep Rayamajhi