Nanda Prasad Adhikari of Gorkha, who along with his wife Ganga Maya had resorted to hunger strike 11 months ago demanding justice in the 2004 murder of his youngest son, has died in the Bir Hospital today.
A highly placed source at the Bir Hospital confirmed that Adhikari breathed his last at around 5 pm today.
The elderly couple resumed their their fast-unto-death on October 23 last year, demanding that the murderers of their teenage son, Krishna Prasad, be booked. Their youngest son was allegedly killed by the Maoists on June 6, 2004 in Chitwan when he visited his grandparents.
Nanda Prasad’s body has been sent to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) for postmortem.
Several human rights activists gathered at the Bir Hospital following the death announcement.
Ganga Maya critical, grieving
Ganga Maya, who is also in a critical condition at Bir Hospital, has been reacting fiercely after her husband’s death.
According to a human rights activist who met her after Nanda Prasad’s death, a heart-broken Ganga Maya grieved that they were but seeking justice, and not death, our correspondent Kritagya Regmi reported.
Final rites uncertain
The couple’s eldest son Nur Prasad and other immediate relatives, including the deceased’s brother, have been informed about the death.
However, uncertainty looms large over his cremation as the kin have refused to come to collect the body.
Nur Prasad reportedly told the rights activists that he currently was out of the Valley and would not come immediately, while Krishna Prasad’s brother told them that he was ill and cannot attend the cremation.
Meanwhile, the body will be kept at TUTH.
In July, the Bir Hospital had said that it cannot provide TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) to the fasting couple.
The couple had earlier called off their 47-day hunger strike after the government agreed to address their demands. However, they resumed the hunger strike again on October 23 last year.
The Adhikari couple had denied treatment for several days stating the government had not taken any strong move regarding the case.
In the beginning, they even refused shifting to the ICU and receiving any treatment but later they were convinced by the doctors, human rights activist and police officials.
The couple were urged several times to call off their hunger strike due to their deteriorating health.
On March 20 this year, rights activists had knocked the doors of United Nations seeking justice to the couple.
• Jan 13, 2013: Nanda Prasad and Ganga Maya start their hunger strike
• June 14: Adhikari couple are arrested and forcefully confined to a mental hospital for 35 days
• July 21: They resume their hunger strike, their health deteriorates
• Aug 20: They are forcefully admitted to Bir Hospital, they continue their hunger strike
• Sept 8: Adhikari couple break their 47-day fast following one of the accused Ram Prasad Adhikari’s arrest on September 6
• Oct 23: Adhikari couple resume their hunger strike
• September 22, 2014: Krishna Prasad Adhikari dies
• June 6, 2004: Then rebel Maoists murder 18-year-old Krishna Prasad Adhikari in Ratnanagar of Chitwan
• Dec 11, 2005: Nur Prasad, brother of slain Krishna, files FIR in Chitwan
•June 12, 2006: Govt decides not to proceed with conflict-era cases
• Sept 6, 2013: Police arrest Ram Prasad Adhikari, one of the murder accused
• Sept 30, 2013: Police release Ram Prasad, citing lack of evidence against him
• Dec 6: Police arrest another murder accused Parshuram Paudel
• March 3, 2014: House seeks details on Adhikari couple’s health
• March 20, 2014: Rights activists seek UN help for fasting Adhikari couple