16 August 2018, Hilsa- Karnali – Sometime people’s negligence and over ambitious cause them seriously and there is no second chance in some cases. While taking a selfie at one of the remotest part of the world, a 42-year-old Indian Kailash Manasarovar pilgrim was beheaded by the rear blade of a helicopter at a remote helipad in Nepal’s Hilsa region today, as reported by the various media.
The deceased, identified as Nagendra Kumar Kartik Mehta, a resident of Mumbai, was en route to the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage, Via Simikot airport in Remote Nepal then a helicopter flight to the nearest helipad in Hilsa.
The pilgrim was supposed to move away from the chopper after getting off but as per eye witness record, he was taking selfie using his camera and accidentally moved towards the rear part and was hit by the spinning tail rotor, according to the police.
The rear part of the helicopter was partially damaged. A Nepal army rescue helicopter pick the body and other members to Simikot the same day. Deceased body will be taken to Simikot for an autopsy and to be handed over to family for repatriate.
According to assistant chief district officer, Mahesh Kumar Pokharel, the helicopter was on the ground at the time.
Nepal’s Simikot and Hilsa are connected to the rest of the world only by small aircraft or helicopters and there is no other way to travel in and out of these places. Road Transport yet to reach the area.
The pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar in Tibetan region of China is considered holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Every year, hundreds of Indians undertake the ‘yatra’ in the month of July August which involves flights, helicopter trekking under inhospitable conditions for several days.