20 people hurt as chariot falls during religious fete in Nepal

Shirish B Pradhan
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Kathmandu, April 11 (PTI) Twenty people have sustained injuries after a chariot fell and clashes erupted during a religious festival in Nepal's Bhaktapur.

'Bisket jatra', a chariot-pulling festival, started in Bhaktapur municipality, 16 km east of Kathmandu, on Saturday morning.

Soon after the festival was declared open a chariot fell and clashes erupted.

Two persons were injured as they came under the wheels of the chariot, police said, adding that some persons sustained injuries while pulling the chariot.

The injured have been admitted to Bhaktapur District Hospital for medical treatment.

Later in the night on Saturday, a clash broke out among the groups involved in the pulling of the chariot, regarding the traditional route that the chariot ought to have taken.

'Bisket jatra', an annual Hindu festival, this year is coinciding with the Nepalese New Year. The festival will go on till April 18. PTI SBP IND IND