KATHMANDU: In a daring broad daylight shootout, two unidentified men on a motorcycle this afternoon shot dead media mogul Jamim Shah at Lazimpat here.
The incident comes a day after Minister for Home Affairs Bhim Bahadur Rawal — accompanied by chiefs of security agencies — left for China on an official visit.
Today’s is the second shootout in the Valley
in a week.
Shah, who was chairman of Space Time Network Pvt Ltd and Channel Nepal Television, succumbed to bullet injuries at the TU Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj. Channel Nepal is the first satellite channel of Nepal.
Forty-seven-year-old Shah was also the managing director of Spacetime Nepali daily and Today English daily which ceased publication in 2006 following an attack in its office by an angry mob which went on the rampage in the Valley over the killing of 12 Nepalis in Iraq.
The Teaching hospital pronounced Shah death at around 3:45 pm. Shah is survived by his wife, a son, father and mother.
Shah was on his way to his private residence at Panipokhari when the incident occurred amid high security in the City for the Vice-President’s oath-taking ceremony.
A police official at the site of the
incident said the duo came nose
to nose with Shah and fired
multiple shots at him.
The Pajero jeep (Na 1 Cha 2151) he was travelling in was stuck in a brief traffic jam when he came under
the attack. “A bullet travelled through his chest and the throat,” said a doctor at the hospital who did not like to be named.
According to the police, the assailants first fired a bullet at his
long-time driver Mathura Malakar’s thigh in pointblank range to paralyse him before aiming the gun at Shah.
“Two motorcycle-borne shooters donning black jackets fired shots at us; I cannot recall what happened after that,” Malakar, who is undergoing treatment in the hospital, told mediapersons. The assailants riding on the motorcycle (Ba 15 Pa 8733) managed to flee.
Panic gripped the capital
city following the murder. Shah’s body has been referred to the
hospital’s post-mortem department. The police had not made any arrests till late in the evening.
Later in the day, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal summoned home secretary Dr Govinda Prasad Kusum and directed him to track down the culprits, a source said.
AIG Madan Bahadur Khadka, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said they have mobilised hundreds of security personnel and launched a manhunt. The police have sealed all transit points of the Valley to ensure that the criminals do not flee.
“We are committed to bringing the guilty to book,” he said.
Television Broadcasters Nepal has given a 24-hour ultimatum to the government to arrest the culprits and has threatened an agitation if the government fails to arrest them.
A version of this article appears in print on February 07, 2010 of The Himalayan Times.