KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress (NC) leader and former minister Khum Bahadur Khadha passed away after multiple organ failure on Friday while receiving treatment in New Delhi, India, NC spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma confirmed. He was 67.
Khadha had been on life support for a week at Appolo hospital after his condition deteriorated critically. He had earlier received a kidney transplant and was taken to India for further treatment in February following complications including kidney, chest and nervous system before dying of multiple organ failure.
A team of specialist doctors including kidney transplant specialist Dr. Sandeep Gulariya, chest specialist Dr. Rajesh Chawal and Neuro specialist Dr. Mukul Barma had attended senior Nepali politician Khadka at the hospital.
Khadka, who won in all three parliamentary elections from Dang district after restoration of democracy in 1990, held ministerial portfolios for 12 times in his controversial political career.
He had a tainted image outside the party following corruption scandals, but his friendly nature with party workers and a long history of struggle at the time of the party-less Panchayat period kept him popular within the party.
He had been advocating a Hindu state in Nepal and expressing discontent with the new constitution. The NC had decided to send party leaders including Ramesh Lekhak and Shankar Bhandari to Delhi to observe his treatment.
Khadka had lived in exile in India with party founding leader BP Koirala.
The body of Khadka would be flown back to Kathmandu from New Delhi tomorrow evening, according to spokesperson Sharma.
2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident
HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.
Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.
Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.
Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.