A woman activist of Beldangi-I camp, Rupa Subba, also an active cadre of Vikalp-led Communist Party of Bhutan –MLM, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 28. She was suffering from Tuberculosis and Jaundice, according to the family source.
After paying last homage to the body of late Rai, who was serving a social animator at Bhutanese Refugee Women Forum, at a condolence ceremony and funeral rites on the bank of Ratuwa River today morning, various speakers expressed heartfelt sorrow at the demise of the woman leader at such a young age.
“Subba’s demise is a huge loss to our community,” Camp Secretary, TB Gurung said.
Subba breathed her last while undergoing treatment at the BP Koirala Memorial Hospital, Dharan for “high doze injection” at the last stage, said Subba’s husband Ramchandra Kalikote. The Subba couple tied their knot some nine months ago.
“She was neglected for her cure by the AMDA,” the deceased youngest sister Rita Subba told Bhutan News Service. According to her, doctors at Dharan had expressed their worry over the use of “high doze injection” at the event hour. “I have lost my sister at such a young age,” She lamented, “She died of minor disease which could have be easily cured.”
Late Subba’s husband informed BNS that she was delayed for an hour in Biratnagar hospital since AMDA representative did not comply to supply a vehicle immediately. According to him, Subba was later taken to Dharan on their own expenses.
Despite repeated attempts, AMDA authority was unavailable for the immediate comment. It is a common practice in camps that usually no calls, even from media, are being entertained on Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, The CPB-MLM central committee’s members Sandhya and Umesh jointly offered the party’s flag as honor for the contribution of late Subba in Bhutanese democratic struggle.
“We have lost one of the dynamic women who was always ready for everything,” Umesh told while addressing the gathering before the dead body was cremated. More than 3,000 people were reportedly gathered during the function.
Subba was the founding Chair of the party’s woman body as well as central committee member since 2001.
Correction: The name of late Subba’s husband which appeared otherwise in the previous post has been corrected-Ed.