President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has urged the National Human Rights Commission to take initiative to save the life of agitating Gangamaya Adhikari and intensify investigation into the rape and murder of Bhagirathi Bhatta, a teenager from Baitadi.

President Bhandari briefed newly appointed officials of NHRC about these cases, reminding them that the health condition of the agitating Adhikari was deteriorating with continued hunger strike. She has been demanding action against the murderers of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari in Phujel, Gorkha. Gangamaya has been staging hunger strike since December 22.

Tika Dhakal, media adviser to the president, said President Bhandari reminded all five newly appointed members, including the NHRC chairman, about the matter this morning.

Currently, Gangamaya has demanded that the case related to the murder of her son Krishna Prasad should be expedited at Patan High Court, and the main accused Rudra Acharya living in Ireland, UK, be brought to Nepal and action initiated.

The District Attorney's Office in Chitwan had filed a case at the District Court against 13 persons in connection with the murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikari.

However, Bhimsen Poudel and Parshuram Poudel arrested by the police were released on bail following protest and threat by the then UCP-NM. The case is now subjudice at Patan High Court.

In relation to Bhagirathi Bhatta's rape and murder, NHRC members informed the president that an NHRC team was deployed to the incident site from its Dhangadi office and had begun collecting information and evidence related to the case.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 10, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.