Suspected smugglers amputate fingers of a Nepal journalist

A young journalist had to face the ire of smugglers for daring to write about their activities in Nepal`s far Western districts as they allegedly sliced off his fingers.

Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 00:17 AM IST

Kathmandu: A young journalist had to face
the ire of smugglers for daring to write about their
activities in Nepal`s far Western districts as they allegedly
sliced off his fingers.

Sushil Dhungana, publisher and editor of Ghodaghodi
Sandesh weekly, was abducted by five persons on motorcycles
from Naya Bazar of Sadhepani village while returning home and
taken away to forest.

His abductors, who remained unidentified, beat him
severely before cutting one finger each of both of his hands,
Manmohan Swar, Coordinator of Federation of Nepalese
Journalists (FNJ) of far-West Nepal, said.

"These hands are responsible for news report against
us and now you face the consequence," the abductors told the
journalist before carrying out the ghastly crime.

The incident followed a news report published in the
weekly highlighting the increased smuggling and illegal trade
going on in the district.

The attack against the journalist has enraged scribes
and a team of journalists has been dispatched to the centre
for fact finding mission.

PTI