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Ganga Maya refuses govt request to end hunger strike

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KATHMANDU — Ganga Maya Adhikari, who is on the 47th day of her fast-unto-death, has refused to end the hunger strike on Monday even after the surrender of Chhabilal Paudel, one of the prime accused in the killing of her son.

Chhabilal, a resident of then Phujel VDC of Gorkha who was accused of murdering her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari, surrendered before the Supreme Court on Sunday.

After Paudel’s surrender, Rajib Gautam, secretary at the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ram Krishna Subedi, officiating secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, the chief district officer of Kathmandu and human rights activist Subodh Pyakurel visited Ganga Maya at Bir Hospital on Monday and urged her to end her hunger strike.

Ganga Maya, however, rejected the government proposal. She asked about the other convicts and the implementation of the Supreme Court decision on ensuring justice, human rights activist Charan Prasai told Republica on the phone from Bir Hospital.

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Ganga Maya began her fast-unto-death for the fourth time on May 29, demanding that murder accused Chhabilal, his son Parshuram Paudel and nephews Bhimsen Paudel, Ram Prasad Adhikari and Januka Paudel be arrested.

Her son Krishna Prasad was murdered during the insurgency on 6 June 2004.

Ganga Maya,speaking at a press meet organised to hold talks with Ganga Maya and government officials to end the hunger strike, said although Chhabilal Paudel had surrendered before the court, other culprits had not.

“Until the government provides me written commitment to punish the murderers of my son, I will not end the hunger strike,” she reiterated her demand.

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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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