AHRC calls for urgent action to save lives of Adhikari couple
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has voiced its deepest concern regarding the sharp deterioration in the health of Krishna Prasad Adhikari's parents, Ganga Maya Adhikari and Nanda Prasad Adhikari.
The Adhikari couple have been on hunger strike for 41 days Tuesday, asking for concrete progress in the investigation and prosecution of their Krishna Prasad’s abduction and murder allegedly by Maoist cadres in 2004.
Issuing a statement, the AHRC said it condemns the lack of investigation in this case in spite of the family having immediately filed a complaint in the Chitwan District Police Office and repeatedly approached the Chitwan and Gorkha District Administration Offices, the Gorkha District Police Office, the National Human Rights Commission, the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, the Prime Minister's and the President's Office, to no avail.
The AHRC said that it has learnt that the alleged perpetrators have been benefiting from high level political protection, which has reportedly brought the investigation to a standstill.
Krishna Prasad's mother and father started a hunger strike in the streets of Kathmandu in January 2013 and have been repeatedly arrested and harassed by the police. On 14 June, they were arrested and forcefully confined to a mental hospital for 35 days, their family members and human rights activists were not provided with an easy access to them. Upon their release they resumed the hunger strike on 21 July, and their health has quickly deteriorated.
The couple was forcefully admitted to the Bir Hospital, and since 20 August have been kept at the intensive care unit under police guard. They are not allowed to receive visitors. According to their doctors, the couple is on the path of metabolic derailment and have only accepted to receive intravenous drip.
AHRC said Gang Maya's health is the most concerning, her blood pressure is reportedly low, she is suffering from deep vein thrombosis, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Her husband's muscle mass is diminishing although his health is more stable for now.
Unidentified men on a motorcycle abducted Krishna Prasad Adhikari on 6 June 2004 from Bakullahar Chowk in Chitwan District. He was reportedly beaten up; allegedly tortured by Maoists cadres before being brought back to the crossroad he was abducted from and shot dead.
A local Maoist leader reportedly informed his father that his son had been "wiped out". It is believed that Krishna Prasad was killed in retaliation for a land and family dispute, upon which a dispute was pending before the local Maoist's "people tribunal". The family has repeatedly been threatened by the perpetrators not to seek justice and were displaced from their home and land. nepalnews.com