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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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Niramal Panta rape, murder case: Govt forms new probe committee under DIG Dhiru Basnet

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a new nine-member probe committee under DIG Dhiru Basnyat to investigate the role of police officers involved in the probe of rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta on Sunday.

SSP Niraj Bahadur Shahi, SP Uttam Subedi and investigation expert police officers are in the team, according to Nepal Police Spokesperson Shailesh Thapa Chhetri.

The high powered probe committee was formed after the role and activities of the police officers involved in the investigation of rape and murder of Panta found suspicious.

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The Home Ministry on Saturday suspended five officials, including two DSPs, as per the report tabled by a high-level probe committee under joint secretary Hari Prasad Mainali.

Earlier, a committee was formed under Uttam Subedi to look into the case.

Nirmala of Kanchanpur was found dead in a sugarcane field close to her home on July 27. A forensic report showed that she was raped  then murdered.

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