Ganga Maya threatens hunger strike

Kathmandu, September 9

Fourteen months after ending her 45-day hunger strike, Ganga Maya Adhikari has threatened to stage a fresh hunger strike if the government does not address her demands on time and give justice to her son, who was killed on 6 June 2004.

Ganga Maya of Phujel village of Gorkha district had ended her hunger strike after the government assured her that it would fulfil  all her demands and stick to the commitments made in the past.

Ganga Maya said, “I knew that I could be tricked, but last time I had to believe their lies as they made promises to put the culprits behind bard.” She also said she had waited long enough, and now she had made up her mind to go for another hunger strike. She said she would start the hunger strike after 12 days.

Adhikari’s teenage son Krishna Prasad had been kidnapped and shot by then Maoist rebels in Chitwan in June 2004 during the insurgency. The family of Krishna Prasad had accused Chhabilal Paudel, his son Parshuram Paudel and nephews Bhimsen Paudel, Ram Prasad Adhikari, and Januka Paudel of killing her son.

Ganga Maya had ended her hunger strike last time after one of the prime victims — Chhabilal —  surrendered himself before police in connection with the crime during her hunger strike last year. “The minister had told me that one of the accused is already in jail, and others involved will also be brought to book. But it all turned out to be a big lie,” she added. Chitwan District Court acquitted Chhabilal and the other accused after some time.

Krishna Prasad’s parents waited for almost seven years in the hope that the murderers of their son would be brought to book. But after the state  did not take initiative to arrest the murderers, they began their hunger strike in January 2013.

On 22 September 2014, Nanda Prasad, husband of Ganga Maya, breathed his last on the 334th day of his second hunger-strike. Nanda Prasad is yet to be cremated and his body has been kept at TU Teaching Hospital.