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Row over Koirala’s sudden death

06:12 PM May 31, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Questions are being asked as to why his illness was kept in the dark 

Kathmandu : The sudden and unexpected death of former prime minister Sushil Koirala earlier this week has sparked a controversy in Nepal, giving rise to questions in the media like why his illness was kept in the dark and why was he not taken to a hospital for treatment.

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Nepal’s major dailies on Thursday — a day after Koirala, 76, was cremated with state honours on the bank of the holy Bagmati river — raised several questions related to his death and dragged Koirala’s personal doctor and aides in the controversy.

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Koirala had undergone radiotherapy for lung cancer in 2014 and surgery for tongue cancer 10 years ago in the US.

He died on Tuesday due to pneumonia.

Koirala was a bachelor and used to live with Shashank Koirala, a close relative. He was looked after by his niece and other family members.

Hours before his death on Monday night, Koirala collapsed in the bathroom, writes Nepal’s major national daily, Kantipur, raising questions like why was he not taken to hospital.

There was a small wound on his forehead which was covered by sandalwood paste but his aides and doctor claimed that Koirala collapsed on Saturday not Monday, the daily wrote.

Doctors, politicians, activists, journalists and other social network users have raised doubts over Koirala’s death and termed it sheer negligence, the Nepali language daily said.

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