Gangamaya breaks fast


Gangamaya Adhikari, the mother of a 17-year-old boy who was allegedly killed by Maoists in 2004, has finally agreed to end her 44-day long hunger strike after the government gave a written commitment to arrest the shooter.

Law Minister Sher Bahadur Tamang and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chair Anup Raj Sharma reached Bir Hospital on Friday evening to hand over a commitment letter to Adhikari.

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In the letter, the government promises to implement the five-point deal, which was signed with Adhikari following her husband's death after a 11-month long hunger strike during PM Sushil Koirala's tenure in 2011.

But the successive governments did not honour the deal, and Adhikari was forced to go on a fresh hunger strike when top leaders were celebrating the Republic Day in May.

Adhikari had refused to break her fast even after the alleged mastermind of her son's murder, Chhabi Lal Poudel, surrendered himself to police last week. She was determined to go on her hunger strike unless the government got the actual shooter Rudra Acharya extradited from Northern Ireland.

Interpol has already issued a red-corner notice against Acharya, and the UK government is believed to be ready to arrest and extradite him to Nepal. But the UK government is seeking assurance from the Nepal government that he will not face torture and death penalty in Nepal.

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