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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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