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Uma Singh's Murder Suspect Held

Impunity Watch

Four years after the incident, the Police, on September 16, 2013, arrested Umesh Yadav, a suspect behind the murder of Uma Singh, a Janakpur-based journalist, from Dhangadhi, the headquarters of Kailali, a district in the far western region of Nepal.

A sleuth of Nepal Police had reached in Kailali and detected the whereabouts of murder suspect Yadav and nabbed him from Dhangadhi bazaar.

Uma Singh, a reporter with a local FM radio- Janakpur Today- was hacked to death on 11 January 2009 in Janakpur, a city on the southern plain of the eastern part of the country. She mainly reported on the issues of the women's rights and was vocal against the dowry system rife in the southern plain (Tarai) of the country.

Earlier, on 11 June 2011, the Dhanusha District Court had sentenced Lalita Singh and Nemlal Paswan to life in prison for killing journalist Singh.

Freedom Forum welcomes the recent arrest of the suspect and urges the authority to take stringent action on him.

In this connection, Freedom Forum Chairperson, Taranath Dahal comments, "The arrest of the murder suspect of scribe Uma Singh, though late, is very laudable act of the police authority. It is very helpful to minimize impunity and deter further crimes. It also works as a relief to the family of the victim journalist and give moral boost to the journalists working in difficult circumstances in Nepal."