RATNA PRASAD ACHARYA
DHARAN: A day after being abandoned by their father, four-year-old Dipsan Rai and his two-and-half-year-old sister Dipshikha have got the support of their grandparents today.
Earlier they were in the custody of the Area Police Office of Dharan after his father Dipen, having brought them from Beltar, left them unattended in Kalyanchowk of Dharan.
Today, the kids’ grandmother Ram Kumari Rai had approached the police to receive her grandchildren after learning about their plight through the Annapurna Post.
The Annapurna Post carried the news on its front page of today’s edition. “We were at the BP Koirala Institute of Health and Sciences for treatment of my husband and we learnt about them,” said Ram Kumari.
A former British Army soldier, Harka Bahadur said he will now take his grandchildren to Khotang and bring them up there. “Thank god, we came here for my treatment otherwise we would not meet our grandchildren,” he said, demanding action against the father for leaving the kids in the lurch.
“He has been living in Beltar, Udayapur, for the past seven years. After his former wife left him, he married another woman, and it was perhaps at her behest he resorted to such cruelty,” he said, expressing sincere gratitude to the Annapurna Post for carrying the news and the Area Police Office of Dharan for rescuing the children.
A resident of Diplung VDC of Khotang, Dipen (30), along with his children had reached Dharan from Beltar of Udayapur on Sunday and vanished all of a sudden leaving them unattended at the local Kalyanchowk.
Later, a police patrol team rescued and kept them at the area police office of Dharan. “We handed the children over their grandparents after they told us to look after them and their education,” said DSP Rajendra Bista.
Bista said many people from Biratnagar and Kathmandu had also rung up expressing their willingness to adopt the children after reading about them in the newspaper.