From The Nepali Press
Himal Khabarpatrika, 29 January
FROM ISSUE #79 (01 FEB 2002 - 07 FEB 2002) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Duradanda, in Lamjung District, is three hours walk from the road at Besisahar. Muktinath Adhikari, principal of the Padmini Sanskrit Higher Secondary School, was taking an arithmetic class in grade 10 at noon on 16 January when armed Maoists arrived and took him away. On a hillside overlooking the town, they tied 45-year-old Adhikari to a tree with his muffler, thrust a skewer through his shoulder and chest and then shot him in the right temple with a pistol. The villagers had been warned not to remove the body, or they would also be killed. It was only removed and cremated when MP Haribhakta Adhikari and Ram Bahadur Gurung flew in on a police helicopter the next day. Maoists say Adhikari was killed because he was an informant, had not given 25 percent of the Dasain bonus of the school teachers to the Maoist cause, and continued to teach Sanskrit despite warnings not to. Adhkiari was a member of Amnesty International Group 79.