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Journalist abducted in Dodhara

(FNJ/IFEX) - Pappu Gurung, a reporter for "Abhiyan" daily newspaper and the radio station Mahakali FM, was abducted by a group of six people on 3 October 2007 from Dodhara, Kanchanpur, a far western district of Nepal.

According to "The Himalayan Times" daily and D. R. Panta, the vice-president of FNJ, Gurung was abducted from his house at 4:00 a.m. (local time). Gurung's family told Panta that Maoists had abducted him, but the leader of the Maoists in Dodhara, Indra Rawat, denied their involvement in the abduction.

Rawat said that locals had complained that Gurung had committed financial irregularities, and that the Maoists had decided to hold talks on the subject with members of other political parties but had not taken action against Gurung.

FNJ has urged the government to initiate a search operation for the journalist immediately, and to take serious action to identify and punish those responsible for his abduction. FNJ has also urged his abductors to release the journalist safely and without delay.

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