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Kathmandu: A top Madhesi leader who suffered injuries in a clash between the agitating Madhesi Morcha and the police at the Biratnagar-Jogbani border last Saturday, was being flown to New Delhi on Friday for further treatment, a party official said.

Sadbhawana Party chairman Rajendra Mahto is one of the key leaders heading the over four-month-old agitation in Nepal’s southern plains by Madhesi political parties and ethnic groups of the Nepal Terai demanding amendments in the new Constitution which they deem discriminatory and ignoring their rights.

According to Manish Suman, the party’s general secretary, Mahto was taken from Nepal’s Dharan city, where he was being treated for his injuries, and flown to Kathmandu on Friday afternoon. He was scheduled to leave for New Delhi on an Indian Airlines flight, later on, Friday.

Mahto received injuries on his head and limbs. Two fingers of his left hand were broken in the clash.

Attending doctors said that though he has marginally recovered from his injuries, he is now suffering from high level of blood sugar and blood pressure.

He will be taken to Medanta in Gurgaon for treatment, according to Suman. Madhesi leaders have had a indifferent relation with India.(IANS) (image courtesy: Yahoo.com)

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9 Climbers Pulled From Snow After A Sudden Storm On Mount Gurja, Nepal

Mountaineering experts are questioning how the experienced team was so badly hit at their base camp at 3,500 meters.

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Mount Gurja
Tourists take pictures at Sarangkot in Pokhara, with the view of the Mount Annapurna range in the background, some 200 km (124 miles) west of Kathmandu, Nov. 30, 2008. Annapurna, at 8,091 meters high, is the 10th highest mountain in the world.. VOA

A rescue team Sunday began retrieving the bodies of nine climbers killed in a violent storm on Nepal’s Mount Gurja, a freak accident that has left the mountaineering community reeling.

A helicopter dropped four mountain guides at the camp where the South Korean climbing expedition was staying when powerful winds and snow swept through, killing the entire team and scattering their bodies as far as 500 meters (yards) away.

“All nine bodies have been found and the team are in the process of bringing them down,” said Siddartha Gurung, a chopper pilot who is coordinating the retrieval mission.

Mount Gurja
A helicopter dropped four mountain guides at the camp.

A second helicopter along with a team of rescue specialists and villagers were also involved in the mission, which has been hampered by strong winds as well as the camp’s remoteness in the Dhaulagiri mountain range of Nepal’s Annapurna region.

The bodies of the climbers, five South Koreans and four Nepalis, will be flown to Pokhara, a tourist hub that serves as a gateway to the Annapurna region, and then to Kathmandu, said Yogesh Sapkota of Simrik Air, a helicopter company involved in the effort.

‘Like a bomb went off’

The expedition’s camp was destroyed by the powerful storm, which hit the area late Thursday or Friday, flattening all the tents and leaving a tangled mess of tarpaulin and broken polls.

“Base camp looks like a bomb went off,” said Dan Richards of Global Rescue, a U.S.-based emergency assistance group that will be helping with the retrieval effort.

Mount Gurja
Wangchu Sherpa of Trekking Camp Nepal, organised the expedition

The expedition was led by experienced South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, who has climbed the world’s 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen.

Experts puzzled

Mountaineering experts are questioning how the experienced team was so badly hit at their base camp at 3,500 meters.

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“At this point we don’t understand how this happened. You don’t usually get those sorts of extreme winds at that altitude and base camps are normally chosen because they are safe places,” Richards said.

The team had been on 7,193-meter (23,599-foot) Mount Gurja since early October, hoping to scale the rarely climbed mountain via a new route. (VOA)