Punish the guilty, says aggrieved grandma

Pokhara, October 11 :

Seventy-seven-year-old Bhima Gaudel, grandmother of 10-year-old Purna Prasad Gaudel and eight-year-old Mamata Gaudel, who were pushed off a steep hill facing the Seti river on Sunday by Jala Bahadur Gurung, visited the Kaski District Police Office, and demanded that stern action be taken against the guilty. While Mamata was rescued, Purna Prasad has been missing.

She also appealed to the authorities concerned to expedite a search for her missing grandson Purna Prasad and provide compensation to her granddaughter Mamata, who has been undergoing medical treatment at the Pokhara-based Western Regional Hospital. Bursting into tears, Bhima said: “My god-like grandson is not with me. I want him.”

Kaladevi passed out in the hospital, where she had gone to see her daughter Mamata.

Demanding that the criminal be executed, the mothers’ group gheraoed the District Police Office today. The group also went to the District Administration Office. It urged the office to take stern action against the guilty, compensate the family of the victims, facilitate treatment of Mamata and conduct a search for the missing boy.

Today too, the students of the Talbarahi secondary school staged a sit-in in the District Police Office and called for stern action against the guilty. They chanted slogans, accusing the police of delaying to take action against the culprit. Meanwhile, security personnel, locals and relatives intensified the search for Purna Prasad. Civilian Police and Armed Police Force embarked on the search mission today as the relatives of the missing boy accused the security personnel of not showing interest in looking for the boy.

Jala Bahadur Gurung had taken out Purna Prasad and Mamata from their house on Sunday night and pushed off the hill facing the Seti river. Jala Bahadur was arrested in Syangja on Monday.