Sunday, November 6, 2011

Forgotten combatant struggles for life

BARA, Nov 6: He wrote inspirational lines on walls glorifying the Maoist insurgency during his stint as an insurgent. Left to fend for himself, ParshuramChaudhary who is suffering from stomach ailment is now struggling to save his life.

“I couldn’t die a glorious death during the insurgency despite staring death in the eyes on many occasions and now I’m going to die due to lack of treatment,” Chaudhary, 45, rued.

Chaudhary, who is the Bhojpura coordinator of the Maoist-affiliated TharuwanMuktiMorcha, was referred to Kathmandu for treatment three weeks ago but has not been able to go to the capital due to lack of money. “They took him away when they needed him and now are reluctant to help when he is in need,” Chaudhary’s wife Devmanti fumed.

Devmanti claimed that no one from the party has even cared to visit him when he can’t even stand on his feet due to the ailment. The Maoists had taken Chaudhary away when he was working as a mechanic at a thread factory in Bhairahawa. He later trained combatants in Bara, Rautahat and Makawanpur districts.

Chaudhary attributed his ailment to the torture he received at the hands of Nepal Army soldiers at Adhabhar barrack in Bara after he was arrested following the failure of the first dialogue between the government and the rebels. “They would keep me blindfolded, jump on my stomach and even fire rifles from my shoulders,” he recalled.

The Chaudharys even fed the rebels during the insurgency but their three daughters and two sons now have to sleep on empty stomach being forced to sell food grains for his treatment. “He would sometimes come with up to 300 combatants and we cooked for them. Now we have to stay hungry,” Devmanti said. 

from Republica

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