KATHMANDU: As Nanda Prasad Adhikari and Ganga Maya Adhikari continued their hunger strike demanding action against perpetrators involved in the murder of their son Krishna Prasad Adhikari during the period of armed insurgency, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the government to either coax the Adhikari couple into breaking their fast or force-feed them.
A single bench of apex court comprised of justice Prakash Osti delivered the order responding to a write petition filed by advocate Ramraj Shivakoti. The Adhikari couple has been staging hunger strike for the past 43 days, demanding action against the murderers of their son.
Son Krishna Prasad Adhikari had been allegedly abducted from Chitwan and subsequently murdered by the Maoists in 2004 during the armed insurgency.
The Adhikari couple has been stressing that the government prosecute and punish the murderer of their son as a pre-condition for breaking their strike. The apex court also directed the government to make public the investigation report on Adhikari’s case.
Advocate Ramraj Shivakoti had on Sunday registered a writ petition at the SC, demanding the state to safeguard the life of Adhikari couple. Hunger strike has taken a toll on Adhikari couple’s health condition which has deteriorated drastically over the last few days.
The government had directed the authorities to start investigation of the case. Chief of the Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi also visited the Adhikari couple and requested them to end the strike after promising them that the government will take action against the perpetrators. The Supreme Court verdict came at a time the government is preparing to force-feed the couple after they did not agree to end their strike.
Meanwhile, chairperson of Nepal Sadbhawana Party (NSP) Sarita Giri on Tuesday ended her hunger strike out of obligation as the government and High Level Political Mechanism (HLPC) remained indifferent to her demands. Giri resorted to the fasting since August 13, expressing her displeasure over the report tabled by the Constituency Delimitation Commission (CDC).
Giri ended her fast protest after drinking juice offered by NSP Vice Chairman Ram Baran Yadav. She took to the fasting to press for her demands. “Although Giri ended her fast, the protests will continue,” party spokesperson Govinda Sah said.
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