Print Edition - 2014-09-23 | Nation
Fellow villagers mourn Adhikari
Sep 22, 2014-
Nanda Prasad Adhikari who along with his wife were on a hunger strike for the past 11 months demanding the murderers of their son Krishna Prasad Adhikari killed on June 6, 2004 in Chitwan be brought to justice, passed away on a hospital bed in the Capital on Monday.
The couple, after receiving threats from the UCPN (Maoist), were forced to abandon their house in Gorkha. Their house is in dismal condition, the building encrusted by bushes and the land remains fallow. Despite the fellow villagers anticipating his return, Nanda is no more.
While the village mourns his death, they shared fond memories of him.
“His quest for justice is what makes him immortal. The struggle has nonetheless left his family in tatters. It is unfortunate that the state neglected him,” said a local teacher and neighbour, Ganesh Prasad Adhikari.
The villagers now fear that the demise would further complicate the situation. “Nanda died without an amicable solution to the case which also managed to steal the limelight internationally,” said Ramesh Adhikari, another neighbour.
The Adhikari family, with stains of their son’s blood still fresh, were said to have blamed some innocent villagers of their involvement in the murder.
“Though the family charged some of us without any basis, at this point of time we are extremely sad to hear about his death,” said Ramesh. He assured of participating in the mourning ceremony.
Nanda was pronounced dead at 5 pm on Monday in Bir Hospital. The deceased and his wife were surviving on intravenous nutrients during the fast.
Doctors had been force-feeding nutrition formula containing basic nutrients. According to a hospital source, wife Ganga Maya is also in critical condition.
Published: 23-09-2014 09:22