Three get life sentence with property confiscation for murder

Janakpurdham, March 15

High Court Janakpur upheld Dhanusha District Court’s verdict and sentenced three persons to life in prison for their involvement in the murder of journalist Uma Singh with confiscation of all their property.

A joint bench of judges Narayan Prasad Pokhrel and Chandra Bahadur Saru at the high court upheld the district court’s verdict of life sentence with confiscation of property today.

Working at Radio Today, journalist Uma Singh was killed by a group of people led by Umesh Yadav with a sharp weapon in her rented room at Rajaul in Janakpur on January 11, 2009.

The major culprit Umesh Yadav, Uma’s sister-in-law Lalita Singh and Nemlal Paswan have been slapped life imprisonment. Earlier, Dhanusha District Court had handed down life imprisonment to the three.

Uma’s brother and father were abducted and subsequently murdered by the Maoists. After her murder, Uma was declared the first martyr journalist at the initiative of Federation of Nepali Journalists.

Though Uma’s brother and father had split the property and lived separately, outsiders would pit Uma’s sister in law with her mother due to a longstanding family dispute.