KATHMANDU: Nepal Police has assured Ganga Maya Adhikari, who has been on fast-unto-death to press the authorities to arrest her son’s killers, that the law enforcement agency is working in collaboration with the Interpol General Secretariat, France, to bring Rudra Acharya, one of the accused, home from the United Kingdom for prosecution.
In a written reply to Ganga Maya’s Right to Information application submitted to Nepal Police, DIG Kamal Singh Bam, Central Police Spokesperson, said, “We have taken help of the Interpol General Secretariat to bring Acharya to Nepal from London as Nepal has not signed extradition treaty with the UK. Nepal Police is also making additional diplomatic efforts to arrest and bring him home as soon as possible.” “Interpol London also has been requested to find Acharya’s whereabouts in London,” he said.
On June 16, Ganga Maya had filed an application at Nepal Police Headquarters, Naxal, seeking update about the progress made so far by the law enforcement agency with regards to the Interpol Red Corner Notice it issued against Acharya, principal accused in killing of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari. He was shot dead by Maoist rebels in Chitwan in June 2004.
Ganga Maya had called off her 360-day hunger strike last year after signing a five-point agreement with the government which expressed commitment to bring the murderers of her son Krishna Prasad to book. Rudra Acharya, one of the gunmen who shot dead my son Krishna Prasad, is said to be absconding, she had said in her application. She resumed fast-unto-death in the National Trauma Centre on June 12.
An excerpt of the application read, “As it came to my knowledge that Nepal Police has already issued an Interpol Red Corner Notice against Acharya, I would like to request you to provide me information what progress has so far been made regarding this; why the accused could not be arrested; and why there was delay on the part of Nepal Police to bring him home for prosecution.”
In October last year, Nepal Police had issued the Interpol Red Corner Notice for the arrest and extradition of Acharya, 31, of Ratna Nagar Municipality-8, Chitwan, who is believed to be hiding in the United Kingdom. Nanda Prasad Adhikari, her husband, died while staging fast-unto-death on September 22, 2014, on the 333rd day of their hunger strike at Bir Hospital, seeking punishment to killers of their son.