No clue yet to scribe Shah’s whereabouts

Bara, October 14:

The whereabouts of Bara district-based journalist Birendra Shah, who was abducted from the Dhodiya Pirpa bazaar of Umjan VDC in Bara 10 days ago, are still unknown.

Various organisations have appealed for an early release of Shah.

The Bara chapters of the Child Protection Nepal, Hudec, Himrights, Swek and other organisations issued a statement calling for Shah’s release. Journalists in Bara, Parsa, Rautahat and Makwanpur also issued a release and demanded that whereabouts of Shah be made public.

Neither the government nor the Maoists are showing concern for Shah, they said in the release. The release was signed by Press Chautari vice-president of the Press Chautari Nepal Mahesh Das, central member and journalist-based in Makwanpur Dev Raj Rimal, Bara president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) Binod Pyakurel and Ratna Adhikari of the Nepal Journalists’ Federation, Bara.

Meanwhile, a team of journalists led by FNJ office-bearers met Bara CDO Bimal Prasad Dhakal and sought information about Shah. CDO Dhakal said the police have speeded up the search for Shah.

RSS adds: Speaker Subas Nembang has urged the CPN (Maoist) to translate their perception relating to free press into reality. At a meeting in Kathmandu today with an FNJ team, he made a plea to make efforts for releasing Birendra Shah from abduction. He said the kidnapping amounted to attack on the press and on democracy. The team also met officials of the NHRC. NHRC chairman Kedar Nath Upadhyaya said he would be in unison with the FNJ in the movement for the release of Shah and would send a team for further probe into the matter.