Saturday, June 27, 2009

Maoists thrash female teacher


DARCHULA, June 27: Deepak Raj Joshi, a Maoist cadre, severely beat up Radha Devi Bhatta, a teacher at Bhawani Primary School in Pipalchauri VDC in Darchula, on Saturday.

According to Radha Devi´s husband Haridatta Bhatta, a group of Maoists including Joshi beat her up and threw her into a river while she was returning home from school. The 31-year-old has been taken to Haldwani in India after she could not be treated at Darchula District Hospital. Doctors said her treatment would cost Rs 300,000. She has sustained injuries in her face and chest and is in a critical condition, her husband who has returned to gather the amount said.

“She has been kept in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and has yet to regain consciousness,” Haridatta said. He said that Joshi, who called himself a YCL (Young Communist League) cadre, had repeatedly threatened Radha in the past.

Teachers throughout the district have started a movement against the thrashing and demanded action against the guilty. The teachers, who are collecting funds in the district headquarters Khalanga for Radha´s treatment, have warned to indefinite schools shutdown all over the district if the guilty were not punished.

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