DAILEKH, AUG 13 -
Friends and family members of slain journalist Dekendra Thapa have accused the government and the UCPN (Maoist) of protecting the four main suspects involved in the scribe’s murder.
“The state side has shown no concern to bring the accused to justice,” said Dekendra’s mother Gangadevi at a programme organised to mark the ninth anniversary of the journalist’s death in Dailekh on Monday. “When police arrested five Maoist men accused of killing my son, we had hoped that the four others will also be arrested and tried for their crime, but they are still free.”
The District Court in Dailekh has issued arrest warrants on Bam Bahadur Khadka (Mukti), Keshav Khadka, Bam Bahadur Khadka (Arun) and Bhaktiram Lamichhane for their involvement in Dekendra’s murder in 2004.
“After Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai quit as the prime minister, we had hoped that the government led by Khil Raj Regmi, a man who once held the post of chief justice, would help us deliver justice. He disappointed us as his government failed to uphold the rule of law as we had anticipated,” said Dekendra’s brother Bhesraj.
Puskar Thapa, district chairman of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), said both police and the government are apparently scared of stirring up political controversy by arresting the four Maoist cadres.
“Those men are criminals and the court has ordered for their arrest. Police should follow the court’s directive. We will protest against this government if it continues to remain silent on the matter,” the FNJ chairman said.
A source said the four men are reportedly in Kathmandu under the protection of the Maoist party. Deputy Superintendent of Police Prajwal Maharjan said lack of cooperation from the police outside the district has also caused the delay in the arrest of the suspects.
Posted on: 2013-08-13 08:49