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Thousands bid adieu to ‘living martyr’

world Updated: Jan 03, 2010 23:39 IST
Utpal Parashar

Thousands of Nepalis bid their adieu to Bishnu Lal Maharjan, popularly known as Nepal’s ‘living martyr’, as his mortal remains were consigned to flames on Sunday. Maharjan had breathed his last on Saturday.

The 42-year-old had sustained spinal injuries in April 2006 during Jana Aandolan-II (People’s Movement-II), the mass uprising that forced former king Gyanendra Shah to reinstate the parliament.

“Bishnu’s sacrifice should spur the government and other parties to end the present political deadlock and work speedily towards drafting the new constitution and establishing peace,” newspapers quoted Maharjan’s elder brother, Krishna Lal Maharjan, as saying.

Maharjan, a Communist Party of Nepal (UML) member, who had been bed ridden since getting injured in police firing, had become an iconic symbol of the mass movement to remove the king and bring back democracy to Nepal.

With his death, Maharjan become the 25th victim of police action against demonstrators of Jana Aandolan II.