Chhori Maiya’s kin launch relay hunger strike
KATHMANDU, AUG 11 -
Kin of Chhori Maiya Maharjan , who has been missing for the past five months, started relay hunger strike on Tuesday demanding that the government interfere in the “ongoing” investigation and pile pressure on police administration to come up with result at the earliest.
A struggle committee comprising Maharjan’s kin and some local residents of Basantapur area decided to stage the relay hunger strike saying that the government was apathetic towards finding whereabouts of the missing woman.
Chhori Maiya’s family members also submitted a memorandum with three-day ultimatum to the principal secretary of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai after their appointment with the PM scheduled for last Monday was cancelled by the PM himself citing personal reasons.
According to Chhori Maiya’s daughter Sudha, the PM’s secretary had pledged to forward the issue to the Cabinet meeting after holding necessary consultations with the PM and other concerned stakeholders. “He just gave us fake assurances,” she said. “Our issue has never been a part of the Cabinet’s discussion.”
Fifty-one-year-old Chhori Maiya went missing on February 28. After a complaint was lodged at police, ‘prime suspect’ Surakshya Singh aka Nikki was arrested. Acquainted with the Maharjan family for 20 years, Nikki was discovered to have taken loans worth Rs 5 million from Chhori Maiya. However, Nikki was released on Rs 100,000 bail by the Kathmandu District Court.
Posted on: 2012-08-11 08:52