Nepal police, after six years of the murder of media entrepreneur Arun Singhaniya from Janakpur, a city in the southern plains of Nepal, proved that suspended member of parliament (MP), Sanjay Sah, was the mastermind.
Held on another crime- bomb blast in Janakpur city, the police investigation revealed that he was the mastermind behind the murder of media entrepreneur Singhaniya.
Singhaniya was the chairperson of Radio Today Communications group. The police investigation further disclosed that four other persons – Chandra Dip Yadav, Yongendra Sahani, Om Prakash Yadav and Mukesh Chaudhary- were also involved in the murder. Singhaniya was shot dead at local Shiva Chowk of Janakpur city on March 1, 2010.
The police paraded them organizing a press meet on April 6. As per the investigation, Sah paid the goons to finish off media entrepreneur Singhaniya after the Janakpur Today disseminated the story on a burglary.
Sanjay Sah was the Member of Parliament from Sadhbavana Party. After the investigation of parliamentary committee, he was suspended from the MP post.
Freedom Forum welcomes the arrest, thorough investigation and prosecution of Sah, for this, despite long time, has helped check impunity relating to media freedom.
To this, Freedom Forum Chairperson Taranath Dahal observes, "The arrest, in-depth probe and subsequent prosecution of Sah is in indeed a good step to curb impunity. Security investigation must be appreciated. It has also helped provide relief to the victims' family and entire media fraternity. However, it is quite appalling that the political party murderer Sah belonged to has not spoken any word on it. It has questioned the credibility of political parties, and showed how hostile the political parties are to media."
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