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Krishna Adhikari

Krishna Adhikari On 6 June 2004, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, a resident of Fujel village of Gorkha District, was murdered in Chitwan District by Maoist cadres. Krishna Prasad was visiting his grandparents after having taken the SLC examinations, and he was abducted from Bakullahar Chowk by men who came on a motorcycle ...
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Maina Sunuwar

Maina Sunuwar Around 6 am on February 17, 2004, a group of RNA soldiers arrested Ms Maina Sunuwar, a 15-year-old schoolgirl of Kharelthok VDC-6, Kavre district. She disappeared since her arrest. Her family members, with support from villagers and school where Maina was a student, visited detention centers ...
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Sanjeev Kumar Karna

Sanjeev Kumar Karna Sanjeev Kumar Karna was one among the 11 persons arrested on October 8, 2003. On that fateful day, they had gone to attend a picnic program organized by the students at a place called Kariyachauri VDC-4, and from picnic, they went to Kataiya Chowri Area of Dhanusha district where they ate some food ...
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Arjun Bahadur Lama

Arjun Bahadur Lama, 48 years in age, permanent resident of Chhatrebas VDC -5, Dapcha in Kavre district was abducted by a group of Maoist cadres, three in number, on 29 April 2005 (2062.1.16 BS) from the premises of Sri Krishna Secondary School at Chhatrebas VDC-1 of the district.
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Hari Prasad Bolakhe

Hari Prasad Bolakhe, 35 (while missing) a permanent resident of Phulbari VDC-8, Kavre district, a pastor by profession, had been missing since the arrest December 27, 2003, was reportedly killed by security persons. A team of National Human Rights Commission discovered a human skeleton in a jungle ...
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Sarala Sapkota

Around 11 p.m. on July 15, 2004, a group of 12 armed soldiers arrested Sarala Sapkota at her grandfather’s house. The family, who witnessed the arrest, stated that soldiers gave Sarala no reason for her arrest. After her arrest, Sarala’s family went to Baireni barracks and the DPO ...
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Birendra Shah

On the evening of 5 October 2007, Mr. Birendra Shah, 34, resident of Inruwasira VDC-8, Bara district, a local journalist of Bara district and correspondent of Nepal FM, Avenues Television and Dristi weekly, was abducted by Maoists from Pipara Bazaar in Kalaiya, the district headquarters of Bara ...
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Bishwanath Parajuli, Tom Nath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang

Three persons namely Bishwonath Parajuli (also called Nagendra Parajuli), Tom Nath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang of Hasandaha VDC, Morang were shot dead by the security personnel on 28 September 2004. According to the eyewitnesses, other victims and the villagers, about 16 people were arrested ...
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Chot Nath Ghimire and Shekhar Nath Ghimire

Chot Nath Ghimire, a 58-year-old farmer, resident of Ishaneshor VDC-4, Ratamate Majhpokhari of Lamjung district was allegedly arrested by the Joint Security Forces of Joint Security Camp stationed at Bhorlatar VDC, Lamjung district on February 2, 2002 (2058.10.20). The security camp called Mr. ...
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Bhauna Tharu

Bhauna Tharu (Bhauna Chaudhary in the citizenship card), 21 years old male (at the time of the incident; Date of Birthe: 8 September 1978), son of Purna Bahadur Chaudhary, permanent resident of Sujanpur village, Neulapur VDC-4, Bardiya district, and an employee of Rastriya Gobar Gas, Gulariya, ...
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Close Encounters

Stories from the Frontline of Human Rights Work in Nepal

Close Encounters
During Nepal’s armed conflict and its aftermath, human rights violations not only scarred and destroyed the victims but had a devastating effect on the lives of human rights defenders.
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Nanda Prasad Adhikari breathes his last after 333 days' fast-unto-death for his son's justice

Nanda Prasad Adhikari, 56, a permanent resident of Phujel VDC-7, Gorkha, breathed his last yesterday while staging fast-unto-death waiting for justice for his younger son, Krishna Prasad Ahikari's murder. He passed away at the ICU of Bir Hospital at 5:15 pm. His body was taken to Teaching Hospital for post-mortem. Also, the wife of Nanda Prasad, Ganga Maya is in critical health condition.

The Adhikari couple started fast-unto-death when all legal paths to legal recourse seemed blocked that the couple came to the street seeking justice. Nanda Adhikari had to expel his life which was compounded by the successive government's indifference to the plight of the victims and their families. The death of Nanda Adhikari epitomizes the situation of victim families mired in despair, taking the means of Satyagraha. Nanda Prasad's efforts to hold those responsible only led him to death, making his struggle unfinished. His beloved son was killed brutally; there was no investigation despite all his efforts.

Nanda Prasad and his wife Ganga Maya had been staging hunger strike demanding justice for their son since January 2013 in Kathmandu. Nanda had initiated such relentless crusade for justice, as he did not see any progress in the investigation into the circumstances of his son's death nine years ago. He and his wife concentrated their silent protest outside the Baluwatar residence of the Prime Minister of Nepal. They had already been arrested several times by the police for doing so. Once, they were sent off to Gorkha, another time left stranded at Thankot, and another time left on the cemented ground before the Emergency Room at Bir Hospital. They were even forced to stay in the mental hospital for 35 days getting tag of mentally ill patient, during which time neither family members nor rights activists got easy access.

They first broke their hunger strike on 47th day, as the government assured them to provide with justice making an act of arrest of one of the alleged accused. But as the accused was released on a plain date, the Adhikari couple again resumed their strike and that ended Nanda's life on his 333th day of fast-unto-death.

The Krishna Adhikari and Nanda Adhikari's cases illustrate a situation of extensive form of impunity where the victims have to die at the cost of justice. But no authority is hearing on. Each of these institutions has been complicit in the politicization of crimes, which is evolving as a scourge affecting the entire society and polity.

It is not acceptable that the national polity as well as the international community stands as mute spectator when a couple goes through the Gandhian act of fasting and eventually one gets ended, making only a demand of the authorities- investigation and prosecutions in the murder of his son.

The state is wholly obliged to conduct prompt, fair and effective investigation into the case as it is bound by national and international laws. Moreover, rule of law gets jeopardized by this inaction if the state remains mum in issues of justice to conflict victims, and Nepal is being set up as a violator of international law by this lack of initiative.

Hence, Nanda Adhikari's 'unwanted' death is indicative to defeat and failure of not only the rule of law but also of the democratic values, as well as to further institutionalization of impunity.

And now lets save the life of Ganga Maya Adhikari who is now virtually on death bed!

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