Nepal: Unidentified gang murders journalist
An unidentified criminal gang has murdered a journalist in the Eastern Nepal.
Hundreds of journalists across Nepal Wednesday protested against the murder of Yadav Poudel whose dead boy was discovered in Jhapa district. He worked for Avenues TV and the Rajdhani daily.
The district police has arrested more than a dozen for interrogation.
Preliminary information obtained from some Jhapa-based sources indicates that the murder was not an incident based on personal enmity or anger. The local people have suspected some brothel owners. The police has arrested some hotel entrepreneurs for questioning.
The Jhapa Branch of the Federation of Nepal Journalists (FNJ) has publicly claimed that the journalist’s murder was an incident preplanned by some elites with access to state power.
However, the police has not yet made out a possible motive behind the crime.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai assured the protesting journalists of stern actions against those behind the murder.
The Unified Communist Party of Nepal Maoist (UCPN), the Nepali Congress (NC) and the Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) have condemned the murder.
But the journalists have attributed this murder to the growing impunity in the country.
More than a half dozen of journalists as well as media entrepreneurs have been murdered in Nepal after the peace process began in 2006.
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