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Ganga Maya ends hunger strike on 46th day

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KATHMANDU — Ganga Maya Adhikari has ended her fast-unto-death on Friday on the 46th day after the government pledged in writing to implement the past agreements reached with her.

Ganga Maya,61, had been staging a hunger strike demanding justice for the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari.

She drank the juice offered by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Anup Raj Sharma to end the hunger strike.

Minister for Law Justice and Parliament Affairs Sher Bahdur Tamang signed the agreement paper in the presence of human rights workers, and media persons at the Intensive Care Unit of Bir Hospital.

After signing the agreement, she said, “This is not the end of my hunger strike but only postponement.I will resume my fast-unto-death if the government fail to address my demands in the next 10 days.”

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Ganga Maya, who is being administered saline water through her throat, broke down as she spoke.

Ganga Maya Adhikari had already staged several rounds of hunger strike seeking justice for the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari for the past 13 years.

Krishna Prasad was murdered during the Maoist insurgency in the country on June 6, 2004.

Adhikari and her husband, Nanda Prasad, had first begun their hunger strike in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar in January 2013.

Following 329 days of the hunger strike, Nanda Prasad died on September 22, 2014 at the Hospital. But even after losing her husband, Ganga Maya had continued her hunger strike.

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Dr KC continues fast-unto-death at Teaching Hospital

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KATHMANDU — Senior orthopedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC who was airlifted to Kathmandu by Nepal Army personnel from Jumla on Thursday has continued his hunger strike at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Maharajgunj.

Dr KC began his 15th hunger strike from June 30 at the Jumla-based Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) in Jumla. He was unwilling to be airlifted by force but later yielded after his supporters and security officials clashed.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr KC was brought to Kathmandu as per the recommendation of KAHS as his health was deteriorating day by day.

The government planned to keep Dr KC at Bir Hospital after he landed at Tundikhel at 6:65 PM Thursday by a Nepal Army helicopter. But, Dr KC refused to be examined at Bir and so he was taken to TUTH, according to sources.

Earlier, Dr KC was taken to the Nepal Army barrack in Jumla from where he was airlifted to Surkhet and later to Tundikhel in Kathmandu.

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Local people had gathered at KAHS to obstruct the security personnel from taking Dr KC to the barracks. The agitating doctor had agreed to come to the capital after a clash between locals and security personnel turned violent injuring scores of people including a police constable.

Meanwhile, Out Patient Department (OPD) services at almost all hospitals and health facilities were halted Thursday after Nepal Medical Association, the professional organization of medical doctors and dentists, urged health workers to shut down services except emergency .

NMA, supporting the hunger strike staged by Dr KC, on Wednesday, called for the disruption of OPD services at health facilities including those in the private sector.

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