Chitwan court orders authorities to produce Noor Prasad

Published On: August 6, 2018 06:56 AM NPT By: Sabita Shrestha

CHITWAN, Aug 6: Chitwan District Court has ordered the authorities to produce Noor Prasad Adhikari before the court for recording his statement in connection with the Krishna Prasad Adhikari murder case. Noor Prasad is the elder brother of Krishna Prasad who was murdered by the Maoists during the insurgency. 

The order to this effect was issued on Sunday after none of the members from the Adhikari family appeared before the court to record their statements about the murder of the youngest member of their family. Court notices had been issued in the past as well but no one appeared on behalf of the Adhikari family. 

A bench headed by judge Kul Prasad Sharma issued the new order Sunday saying that the previous notices were not in accordance with the law. 

Keshav Prasad Paudel, information officer at the court, said 15 days have been given to Noor Prasad to appear before the court and record his statement.

Officials said the court notice will be handed to the individuals concerned and will be pasted at Noor Prasad’s house as well. If both the options do not work out, the notice will be pasted at the ward office concerned in Gorkha.

The court notice, according to information officer Paudel, will be sent to Gorkha district on Monday itself due to time constraint. 

 Previously, the court officials had pasted the court notices at the public places of Phujel.

The Maoists have already admitted to killing Krishna Prasad Adhikari of Phujel village, Gorkha, at the height of their insurgency in 2004. The killing took place at Bakulahar Chowk of Ratnanagar, Chitwan district. Krishna Prasad’s father Nanda Prasad had filed a complaint with the police on June 8, 2004, immediately after the murder.

Noor Prasad had also filed an FIR, on December 11, 2005.

The hearing of the case, however, was delayed for years. The victim’s family has been accusing pressure from the Maoists for the court’s delay in settling the case. 

Police find Noor Prasad at Ganga Maya’s request
KATHMANDU, Aug 6: Police located Noor Prasad Adhikari, the elder son of Nanda Prasad Adhikari and Ganga Maya Adhikari from Fujel of Gorkha, and handed him over to his mother Ganga Maya  on Sunday.

On the basis of a petition filed by Ganga Maya, a team from the Metropolitan Police Crime Division took Noor Prasad under control from Sanepa, Lalitpur, according to chief of MPCD SSP Dhiraj Prasad Singh. 

“We found that he was hiding in the capital. We took him under control from his hiding. Since his mother had filed a complaint with us to search for him, we took him under control and presented him before his mother in the presence of human rights activists,” he said.

Ganga Maya had broken her hunger strike on the 45th day on July 13 after the government assured her that it would initiate action against Chhabi Lal Paudel, the man accused in the insurgency-era murder of Adhikari’s son Krishna Prasad. The Maoists had killed Krishna Prasad on June 6, 2004 in Chitwan district.

Before Adhikari broke her hunger strike, Paudel himself had surrendered to the Supreme Court. Hearing of the murder case has resumed at the Chitwan District Court. As there was no one to represent Ganga Maya at the court, she had requested the police to find her son.

Ganga Maya’s husband Nanda Prasad Adhikari died in the course of a prolonged hunger strike demanding justice for the murder of their son. His family has not received the body yet. The body is still at the mortuary of the TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj.

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