KATHMANDU: One day after the Supreme Court ordered the government either to convince or force feed Nanda Prasad Adhikari and Ganga Maya Adhikari, the government’s efforts to feed the Adhikari couple, parents of Krishna Prasad Adhikari, who have been staging fast-unto-death strike, seeking action to the murderers of their son, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, have turned in vain on Wednesday.
Secretary at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Krishna Hari Banskota met the Adhikari couple and urged them to struggle to get justice by saving their lives. But the Adhikari Couple rejected the offer on Wednesday morning. During the occasion, Secretary Banskota assured that the government would continue taking initiative on providing justice and saving the Adhikari couple’s life.
Briefing the journalists, Dr. Bulanda Thapa said the Adhikari couple’s health condition was not as serious as reported in media. The government is preparing to force feed Adhikari couple as they continued to do hunger strike for a long time demanding action against perpetrators involved in the murder of their son.
Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday expressed concern over the deteriorating health of Krishna Prasad Adhikari´s parents who have been staging hunger strike for over a month now.
“We find it deeply disturbing that the parents of Krishna Prasad Adhikari see this hunger strike as their only recourse to persuade the authorities to investigate their son´s murder which occurred some nine years ago,” said OHCHR Spokesperson Rupert Colville.
He said OHCHR welcomes reports that police have now opened an investigation into the case. “However, we have been informed that the couple is refusing to end their fast until tangible steps show this investigation to be credible,” he said.
“The lack of political commitment to investigate and prosecute serious crimes committed by all parties to the conflict is weakening the foundation for lasting peace in Nepal, and has led to desperate protests such as that by Adhikari´s parents,” Colville further said.
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