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Ilam locals divided over Dr Govinda KC’s demands

Himalayan News Service

Dr Govinda KC, a senior orthopaedic surgeon responding to mediapersons while staging a fast-unto-death in Ilam district, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Photo: THT

Panchthar, January 13

Senior citizens in Ilam Bazaar today took out a rally supporting Dr Govinda KC, who has started fresh hunger strike, this time in Ilam, demanding reforms in the health sector.

Meant to pile pressure on the government for early fulfilment of the agitating doctor’s demands, the rally started from the site of the strike and traversed through the bazaar.

Dr Abhishek Singh and his team today examined Dr KC’s health. Dr Singh is the coordinator of a talks team formed on behalf of Dr KC.

Meanwhile, a youth has launched another hunger strike with the demand that the medical bill be passed through the majority rather than under anyone’s pressure.

Twenty-seven-year-old Bijaya Thapa of Kageshwori Manahara, Kathmandu, started the hunger strike at Lankuri Chautara of Ilam from January 11. Of the nine demands put forward by the youth, the first demand is contrary to KC’s main demand. It is his second hunger strike over the medical bill.

Dr KC had started his 16th round of hunger strike at Surendra Limbu’s house in Ilam from January 9.

“He resorted to the hunger strike after the government ditched the agreement struck with him while breaking his previous strike,” said Dr KC’s aide Dharma Gautam, hoping that the federal Parliament would do the needful to accommodate the agitating doctor’s demands in the bill.

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A version of this article appears in print on January 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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