Meeting half a dozen Janaandolan (People’s Movement) victims who are trying to cope with post-treatment life, our blogger probes beneath their dreams, desires, anxieties and sorrows and concludes that they have become forgotten heroes.
When one enters into the building of people movement victims’ residence managed by Janaandolan Martyrs and Victims Welfare Forum in Gongabu, one doesn’t fail to notice the helpless and hapless victims of erstwhile Royal regime and now the SPA government. A former boarding school has been transformed into a shelter for the victims in Gongabu where during the April Uprising massive baton charging and firing resulted in huge numbers of injured ones.
Ugly Aftermath: Victims of Janaandolan 2 discuss on their protest programs at Gongabu Shelter in July 25. All pics by Shaligram Tiwari
Its ironical that the same people who fought for loktantra are neglected after achieving the goal. Forums’ president Kailash Timilsina, a B Sc student in Patan Multiple Campus narrates tales of state’s negligence to accommodate and apathy towards their woes. In July 25, some 40 victims were arrested from Putalisadak and taken to custody in Singhdarbar Ward Police Station. They had to stage fast-unto-death to grab the government’s attention. Finally, Speaker Suwash Nembang made it to the Police Station and promised to form a parliamentary committee to help solve their problems.
Worst Time for Uttam: Uttam Pulamimagar, a farmer from Ghartigaun, Kavre, who was injured in Banepa sees his future bleak as he lies in Model Hospital bed no:230.
No Honeymoon This: Krishna Pokharel, newly wed salesman employed by Pepsi Company finds his confined life in Banasthali apartment tough and tiresome.
MP Jagannath Khatiwada is heading the parliamentary committee. He says that the committee’s responsibilities, working procedures and authorities are not clearly mentioned. The Model Hospital initiated Fund and an NGO called Tewa have however done superb job in treating and taking care of patients.
Helping Hand: A box at Gongabu Shelter asking to donate for the victims.
Food For Victims: A volunteer cooks chicken curry for the victims in Gongabu Shelter in June 25.
All Smiles: Narendra Raule, an RR Campus journalism student and victim of Janaandolan attends his practical exam in June 27.
Most of the victims I spoke to were full of praises for comedian duo Haribansha Acharya and Madan Krishna Shrestha. But, their angers were apparently towards the leaders who while visiting them in Hospital bed promised a lot but vanished once they were discharged from the bed. The follow-ups, the rehabilitation and the livelihood are their major concerns as many of the victims are breadwinners of their families with two or three dependents. Why is the government turning deaf ear to their just demands?
Never Ending Woes: Kedar Biswakarma who was injured in Kalanki temple area in April 21 was arrested by security forces again in Putalidsadak while some 20 victims were marching towards Singadarbar to submit their demands in July 25.