3 April 2019: The Australian Nepalese community has been hit by yet another tragedy as a second victim of the horrific car accident near Albury last Thursday passed away yesterday evening.
Balaram Parajuli, a student of information technology at a private college in Sydney, was driving the Melbourne-bound vehicle when it crashed into a tree and rolled.
Aryan Acharya, the front passenger of the car, had tragically died at the scene. The March 28 single-vehicle accident occurred on the Hume Highway at Mullengandra, near Albury.
Last Monday, the Parajuli family had an opportunity to see their son when one of the doctors in charge of the 23-year-old obliged their request for a video call. “I called him (the doctor) to say that we wanted to see him on Viber…on video call,” Mr Parajuli’s elder brother Balkrishna Parajuli told southasia.com.au yesterday evening. The kind doctor made a video call on Viber enabling the heartbroken Nepalese family to see the student on his Canberra Hospital bed. The family clearly felt grateful to the doctor for his help.
The Embassy of Nepal in Canberra made a Facebook post today afternoon to inform the community of the tragic death of another young student in the country: “We express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and dear ones. May his soul rest in eternal peace. The Embassy is coordinating with his family/relatives, Canberra Hospital and other Australian authorities and Nepalese community in Canberra to proceed on the repatriation of his body back to Nepal.”
Balaram was sent to Australia hoping he would “do something” for the Parajuli family
In his telephone conversation with southasia.com.au, Mr Parajuli’s brother indicated that the family had worked hard to put together the funds to send him to Australia, including borrowing money for the cause. He said the family was relying on him to be able to do something for the family in the future. He also mentioned that the father of the deceased student is with unwell health which has now been further affected by the tragedy.
According to Balkrishna Parajuli, his family had just appointed someone in Australia through an affidavit to take any decision on behalf of the family for the “betterment” and “easy and comfort” of the critically wounded student although he said at the time that they understood there was “no hope left”.
It is understood the Embassy of Nepal had reached out to the road accident victim’s family in Dhulikhel, near Kathmandu, encouraging the brother to go to the foreign ministry in order to process the affidavit.
The embassy has thanked “the Australian police, doctors and all the staff at the Canberra Hospital for their help”.
The young student had arrived in Australia on October 2 last year to take up a diploma course at a private college in Sydney.