Two Bhutanese brothers lost their lives in a car accident in Queensland, Australia Wednesday evening.
The detailed information of the accident is yet to be received but it is learned that Purna Giri and his brother, Sashi Giri were returning home in Cairns from a regional Hospital which was about 4.5 hrs drive from their home.
According to a post made in a Facebook Group by Suman Chhetri from Sydney, another youth was critically injured and was under treatment in Townsville Hospital.
A Bhutanese lady–resettled in Cairns– who was contacted by Bhutan News Service confirmed that Amrit Bhattarai, resettled from Khudunabari refugee camp, was in a critical situation.
According to her, Purna Giri, who was sick, had an appointment in the hospital that day. They were returning home after the appointment in a car driven by Sashi Giri when they met the accident.
“The family members do not actually know where the dead bodies are. The case is under police investigation”, she said.
Bhutan News Service could not independently verify the claim.
Despite repeated efforts, Bhutan News Service could not reach any community activist in Queensland for their immediate response.
The Giris were resettled in Australia from Sanischare refugee camp in Morang, Nepal.
While in camp, Purna Giri served as an assistant teacher for over a decade in a camp school managed by Caritas Nepal. Sashi Giri was a long time volunteer in Refugee Camp Security Unit.