Keshav Bohora, a journalist working with Radio Mandavi, Pyuthan has been abducted by an unknown group on June 30, Wednesday reportedly over a news item he disseminated.
An unidentified gang called Bohara at Tiram and abducted him. He was last spotted having meal at Devisthan in Pyuthan and had left for Tiram, Baddanda on Wednesday morning.
The abductors called secretary of Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ), Pyuthan Deepak Bhandari at 3 pm, Wednesday and informed him that Bohara was in their custody. "In the background I heard Keshav shouting, "Deep save me, they are planning to kill me in Tiram", said Bhandari. The phone was switched off after that. His whereabouts is yet to be known.
Bohara had been receiving threats for the last 15 days over a Mandavi Radio news broadcast concerning a dispute over land belonging to the Sworgadwari Temple. Reportedly, journalist Bohara has questioned Unified CPN (Maoist) regarding the ownership of land during a live broadcast recently. It is said that large numbers of policemen, journalists and human rights activists are engaged in searching Bohara and they have intensified their search in Tiram area. Terming the incident 'cowardice', Freedom Forum strongly denounces the act of abducting journalist. Nepali journalists have been facing the myriad of problems including intimidation, threat and attack from the different section of society. However, state has been frequently being failure to provide security to journalist and to end impunity. Involvement of the political actors to gag the press is also a crucial issues and clear commitment and action from the political parties is yet to be waited. The Forum urges the government to investigate into the incident at the earliest and bring the guilty to books. Further, the Forum warns the government to not release the predator of press freedom as in the past.