June 6, 2023, Tuesday
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Indian company compensates boy killed in blast in Darchula

The Nepal Weekly
November 8, 2022

India’s private construction company has provided Rs 1.6 million in compensation to the family of a Nepali boy who died in course of constructing a road in the Indian side of the border.

An agreement to this effect was reached among the Indian Garg & Garg Company, the Indian administration, members of the victim’s family and local representatives on the Nepal side, officials here said. A representative from the construction company handed the money to the family of the victim during a function on Saturday, Chief District Officer Dirgharaj Upadhyaya said over phone. 

An eight year old Nepali boy named Pawan Singh Mahara, was killed after a stone hurled from an explosion triggered in course of constructing a road in the Indian side hit him, according to Upadhyaya. He died on the spot. He along with his father, mother, brother and sister was walking on the banks of the Mahakali river opposite to the construction site in the Nepali territory when the incident took place. The incident took place at Dumling village of Byas Rural Municipality Ward No. 2 in Darchula district on Friday.

Darchula is the Western most district of Nepal bordering India’s Utterakhand and is about 900 km west of Kathmandu.

“The incident occurred while they were walking on the river banks” father of the boy Hikmat Singh Mahar was quoted as saying  by Nepali media. His daughter Sarina was injured in the incident. She is undergoing treatment at the district hospital, according to the father. The family was satisfied with the compensation, Upadhyaya said.

Meanwhile, the Nepali side has expressed its concern over the blasting carried out by the Indian side without issuing a warning. As per international practice the other side should be informed about such blasts in advance.

However, the explosion by the Indian side was not informed beforehand, claimed the Nepali side. “Local administration of both parties should coordinate with each other before conducting explosion at international borders,” said CDO Upadhyaya.