Govt fails to end Adhikari couple's hunger strike again
The government has again failed to end the ongoing hunger strike of Ganga Maya Adhikari and Nanda Prasad Adhikari, who have said they won’t break their 42-day long fast until those responsible for the abduction and subsequent murder of their son Krishna Prasad Adhikari are prosecuted.
A day after the Supreme Court delivered an order in the name of government authorities to force-feed Adhikari couple, if they do not end their hunger strike on their own at the ICU ward of Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, a team led by secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Krishna Hari Baskota again reached the hospital and requested them to end their hunger strike by accepting food.
Saying that the government has already initiated the process to arrest and take action against those responsible for the murder of their son Krishna Prasad, the government team had asked the Adhikari couple to end their fast unto death.
However, the Adhikari couple told the government team which also comprised of home secretary and Inspector General of Police Kuber Singh Rana that they can’t trust anybody and remained adamant on continuing their hunger strike until there is concrete progress in the investigation of their deceased son’s abduction and murder allegedly by Maoist cadres in 2004.
But the government team returned empty-handed just like Tuesday when Ganga Maya and Nanda Prasad turned a deaf ear to their promises and assurance to punish those responsible for their son’s murder and lay on their beds with the resolve to continue their hunger strike.
Strangely enough, despite the 42-day long hunger strike, doctors treating Adhikari couple at Bir Hospital say the health condition of elderly duo is quite stable. However, some reports say Gang Maya's health is the most concerning as her blood pressure is reportedly low and 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.
On Tuesday, rights activists had also submitted a memorandum to the Supreme Court demanding justice to the protesting parents of Krishna Prasad Adhikari, killed during the Maoist insurgency (1996-2006).
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has also voiced its deepest concern regarding the sharp deterioration in the health of Krishna Prasad Adhikari's parents. nepalnews.com