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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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Dahal stresses on prosperity

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CHITWAN — Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) chairman and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has stressed on development and prosperity of the nation.

Chairman Dahal argued to make the agro market modern and consumer friendly while inaugurating the Agriculture Promotion Market here on Sunday.

On another note, former PM Dahal said that Chitwan Metropolis City should be made exemplary in development after constructing the ring roads along the Narayani and Rapti rivers.

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Speaking in the same programme, CPN leader and former Finance Minister Surendra Pandey opined to develop at least one pocket area for one product to make the nation self reliance in food grains.

The market was constructed in the investment of 66 businesspersons. A total of Rs 140 million has been spent so far for the construction, according to Thir Prasad Dhital, managing director at the market.

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