Injured protesters bemoan govt apathy

Nepalgunj, May 12:

People injured in course of pro-democracy demonstrations have accused the leaders, doctors and rights activists of showing indifference to their plight.

Seven people, who were injured while taking part in pro-democracy movement and were admitted to the Bheri zonal hospital for treatment, have been seeking help.

The Bheri zonal hospital had asked Man Bahadur Sikarmi of Doti Silgadhi and Dirgha Bahadur Thapa of Dailekh to leave the hospital on May 3 and May 5, respectively, but they are still in hospital because they neither have money nor energy to head home.

Both sustained bullet injuries in their legs and feel they cannot walk. They have asked the Chief District Officer (CDO) of Banke, leaders of the seven-party alliance and representatives of the civil society, who had visited them, to help them return home. Dirgha was injured while taking part in a protest in Dailekh bazaar on April 15.

“Every day doctors and nurses ask us when we’ll leave,” Man Bahadur said. “If the government formed after the success of the pro-democracy movement shows indifference to the plight of the injured, whom should we ask for help?”

They are also critical of human rights activists and administration who never enquired about their health. said the injured have been neglected everywhere. “Doctors have hardly any time to attend to us. No one visits us and no one bothers to arrange food for us,” said Prem Neupane, who was injured while he was taking part in a pro-democracy demonstration in Nepalgunj on April 18. “Why did we hit the streets?” he wonders.

The plight of Chandra Bahadur Chaudhary is no better. The bullets lodged in his leg during a demonstration in Gulariya on April 20 have not been pulled out yet.

Banke CDO Binod Kumar Adhikari said arrangement would be made immediately to take the injured back home.