Maoists behind journalist Shah’s abduction: Nepal Home Minister

November 14th, 2007 - 2:17 am ICT by admin  
Police have intensified search operations for Shah, Situaula told the special session of the interim Parliament on Sunday.

“We have valid information that Maoist activists were involved in the abduction of Shah,” Sitaula was quoted, as saying by Nepalnews.

The security forces of Nepal are coordinating with the Indian authorities to track down Shah’s abductors, he said.

Maoist cadres had reportedly abducted Shah on October 5.

Meanwhile, Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) has separately asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Subas Nemwang, the Speaker of the interim parliament, to instruct the government for the Shah’s release.

Meanwhile, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based media rights group, has also expressed concern over the fate of Shah.

Freedom Forum Nepal, a media monitoring organisation, has condemned the Maoist act, and urged the Maoists to reveal the whereabouts of Shah immediately.

“We also demand clarification from the Maoist leadership for failing to comply with their commitments not to attack media and media persons. This has posed serious threat to the freedom of the press,” said the FFN in a statement.

It also expressed concern over the growing attacks on media and journalists in recent days. (ANI)

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