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Disappearance of journalist becoming more suspicious, more mysterious

Freedom Forum kept on investigating the mysterious disappearance of Madan Poudel, a journalist affiliated to the Radio Tamor of Taplejung, a district in the northern east of Nepal since his disappearance.

With the study during this period, the FF has come up with the view that the disappearance has become more mysterious and suspicious because some people might have involved in the disappearance of journalist Poudel or he himself went missing.

In a telephone conversation with the media monitoring desk of Freedom Forum today, district reporter to the Nepal Television from Taplejung, Tara Prasad Sitaula said, "On the ninth day of Poudel's disappearance, the purse and mobile belonging to him were found on the bank of Tamor River. It has made us guess that some persons must have killed him and thrown into the swollen River."

In a question whether there were any signals that he committed suicide, Tara Prasad responded in the negative.

Moreover, Mr Tara Prasad said the district police Taplegung had recently arrested two persons in suspicion of disappearance and initiated investigation.

This way, the facts on the disappearance are yet to be established, the Freedom Forum concludes.

Madan Poudel went missing since the evening of September 16, 2012 from Fulbari of the district where he had gone to attend a programme, 'Taplejung Dance Star 2012.'

Meanwhile, in the evening of September 24, 2012, Madan Thakur, a reporter with the Ujjyalo FM from Rautahat, a district in the southern plain of the country was issued death threat by a local teacher in course of news making.

While Thakur was collecting facts about the mismanagement and irregularities in the local Buddha Secondary School for news reporting, teacher Prabin Pandey issued death threat on him.

Talking to Freedom Forum media monitoring desk, journalist Thakur confirmed the death threat in course of news reporting about school irregularities.

Freedom Forum condemns the incident and urges the concerned administration to book the culprit teacher.

Similarly, the political administration and other stakeholders need to scrutinize the suspicious disappearance of journalist Poudel inTaplenjung and find the facts so that the culprit could be brought to book.