Bid to find whereabouts of abducted journalist Thakuri

Mahendranagar, November 14:

A team of human rights activists arrived here today to find out the whereabouts of journalist Prakash Thakuri who was allegedly abducted by the Maoists four months ago.

The team led by Dr Gopal Siwakoti started interaction with media persons and other stakeholders.

The team consists of office head of INSEC’s far western regional office Khadak Raj Joshi. The team said that a joint team would be formed to investigate the abduction case.

Meanwhile, the team also said that a preliminary report would be made public in Kathmandu tomorrow. A mission team of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists would arrive here after three days to acquire information on journalist Thakuri.

A report from Bara said the Bara District Police Office today provided a sum of Rs 15,000 to the family of slain journalist Birendra Shah. SP Shyam Bahadur Khatri handed over the cash to Shah’s brother, Mahendra. Shah was abducted and murdered by Maoist cadres. His dead body was found buried in the jungle of Tangiya Basti of Dumarwana-7 in the district on November 8.

A report from Narayangarh said media persons of Chitwan met today and launched an agitation programme to press upon the government to take action against those who murdered journalist Shah after abduction.

The stir programme would include printing photographs of the murderers and news broadcast by FM radio stations stating the identities of the murderers.

The meeting also decided to send the photographs of the murderers to the Home Ministry and the Maoists’ party office. At the meeting, organised by Press Chautari Nepal Chitwan branch,

FNJ central member Bishnu Chhimeki and Chitwan branch chairman Janak Aryal also spoke.