Nanda Prasad Adhikari in the ICU of Bir Hospital in a picture taken on Tuesday. The couple remains in the ICU of the hospital. nepalnews.com
After the government finally arrested one of the accused in their son’s murder, the Adhikari couple has broken their 47-day long hunger strike.
Nanda Lal and Ganga Maya Adhikari of Gorkha ended their hunger strike at 1:05 am this morning at Bir Hospital’s ICU. Krishna Hari Banskota from the Prime Minister’s office offered juice to the couple.
“Their health is stable right now,” said Dr. Buland Thapa, Director of Bir Hospital.
“This morning they had a little rice and are slowly eating.” Thapa said that depending on improvement on the couple’s health condition, they will be shifted from ICU in a few days.
The duo had been staging a fast-until-death strike, demanding action against those involved in the murder of their son, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, in 2004.
On Friday, police had arrested Maoist cadre Ram Prasad Adhikari from Bagbajar, Kathmandu. The Adhikari couple had continued their strike, demanding that others accused in the murder of their son also be arrested. Government officials and human rights activists had been trying to convince them to end their fast-until-death, and were successful early today.
Meanwhile, UCPN (Maoists) has warned that if Adhikari is not released, there will be a series of protests. The party’s attempt to call a strike on Saturday failed after women, who were on their way to their maternal home to celebrate the eve of Teej festval, defied the bandh.
"The war-era cases have to be seen by a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Bringing out those cases only indicates that the government wants to disrupt the election leading to an unfavorable environment," said UCPN spokesperson Agni Sapkota on Saturday.
Ram Prasad Adhikari will be presented before the Chitwan District Court today. nepalnews.com