Poster boy of Jana Andolan II: Shiv Bidari holds a poster that has a photo of himself when he fell down after being shot by the police in last month’s pro-democracy movement. “Who is he?” asks the headline of the poster. Everyone thought Bidari was dead. Pic by Bimal Sharma via Kantipur. Another pic inside.
Shiv Bidari, 18, a permanent resident of Dhading, a neighboring district of Kathmandu, and a former transportation worker, still finds strange that he was believed to be dead. When Kantipur daily published the news ten days ago of his near-resurrection, many considered it a miracle. In April 20, he was on the frontline of the democratic movement (Jana Andolan) in Kalanki where three protesters had been killed. Today’s edition of Drishti Weekly carried an interview with the poster boy of Janaandolan II and UWB translated that into English.
How did you feel when you saw the poster on your disappearance?
I was surprised to see myself in the poster and wondered why they did it.
What did you do then?
I showed it to my elder brothers. Then, I requested all to convey the message that I was alive.
Scanned page from Drishti Weekly.
Television showed the footage of you being unconscious…
Oh Yeah. I too happened to watch that. But, I didn’t know that it was me. I watched that news in Teaching Hospital, Maharajganj.
Have your wounds healed now?
Yes. But, the scars are here and there.
Do you remember the moment when you collapsed after the injuries?
We defied curfew and the sloganeering was going on. Suddenly, we heard gunshots. A bullet nearly hit my back. I collapsed there. Then, the police attacked me with lathis and boots.
When did you gain consciousness?
Protesters carried me to Syuchatar [a village outside of Ring Road that sorrounds the city area of Kathmandu]. I gained consciousness for a while and regained my sense only in Teaching Hospital.
Did you think that you’ll be shot?
No. We didn’t carry any arms. And, it was unthinkable that they (Security personnel) will fire at peaceful protests. But, we were sure we’ll win.
Do you think that you’ve won?
Not fully. There still is a long way to go.
What needs to be done in this regard?
Peace should prevail. We should feel secure and safe.
What is your expectation from this government?
The government should fulfill the demands raised by the movement. The suppressors of movement must be punished. And, martyrs’ families and the injured ones like us should get the compensation.
What are you doing now?
I’m jobless. Thankot Janaandolan Committe is providing food for me. (translation: Deepak)