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Jamim Shah Murder Update: Indian Says He Killed.

Jamim murder brings relief to Indian security agencies: Indian daily

A day after: Nepali cabinet sets up an investigation committee even as an Indian calls up a Nepali TV station in Kathmandu to admit the responsibility

So Indian killed Jamim? May be this group, may be that group. May be Indians, may be Pakistanis. An Indian has reportedly claimed responsibility. When referring the killer as Indian, Nepali media shouldn’t do the mistake that Indian media often does: by generalizing and referring to the Indian people. In this case, even if the caller turns out to be a real killer, Nepali media should treat him as a criminal who happens to be an Indian national, not THE Indian national who killed. Indian media often jump gun and blame whole Nepal and Nepali people whenever a Nepali in India is suspected of having involvement in criminal activities.

But at this point we can’t really be sure about the authenticity of the caller. Neither we can trust Avenues TV that has claimed that a man identifying himself Bharat Nepali called the station to own the responsibility of murder. In this type of situation where apparently underworld kingpins functioning from countries more than one and intelligence agencies of enemy nations are involved, informations coming out from any quarter needs to be verified more than twice.

So who is Bharat Nepali? According to Avenues TV he is a former scalper from New Delhi’s Tilak Nagar who became Indian underworld don Chhota Rajan’s aide. According to Avenues, Bharat alleged Shah of having links with another underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, competitor of Chhota Rajan gang, and Pakistani intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Bharat was reported last year to have split from the Chhota Rajan gang to start his own. Another unverified piece of report. He faces several murder charges and has been absconding in India. Bharat reportedly linked Jamim’s killing with a 1998 murder in which Mirza Dilsad Beg, a Nepali Member of Parliament, was shot dead in a similar fashion in Kathmandu. Chhota Rajan group had claimed responsibility of the murder alleging Beg of having links with Dawood and the ISI.

Meanwhile, a Hindi newspaper claims that the killing of Jamim Shah has come as a big relief to Indian security agencies who thought Jamim was involved in disseminating fake Indian currencies. The paper, Dainik Jagaran, citing unnamed Indian security agencies sources claims that Jamim had links with Dawood and was working in association with ISI to smuggle fake Indian currency into India via Kathmandu. “The ISI was prodding Jamim to open a modern printing press in Kathmandu to print fake Indian currency,” claims the paper citing unnamed Indian security agency sources. “But Jamim wasn’t being able to work as fast as ISI would have wanted. Moreover he was also worried about the infighting between conflicting underworld factions. He had complained about that with Dawood and had expressed desire to sale properties and business worth Rs. 5 billion and settle in Pakistan. Dawood had agreed but ISI foiled the plot.”

Cabinet forms probe committee
An emergency meeting of the cabinet today formed a five-member investigation committee to probe on Jamim Shah’s murder. Former justice Govinda Parajuli will led the committee that will also have senior officials from Nepal Police, National Investigation Department and Office of Attorney General along with an expert.

Was Jamim Shah Anti-India with ISI and Underworld Nexus?

A section of Indian media certainly thinks so….but do they have any proof? Yes, it’s true that there were rumors to that effect.

Jamim Shah
The broad-daylight murder of Nepali cable and satellite TV pioneer Jamim Shah could probably be the result of two things: either an underworld revenge or an intelligence undercover operation. Some Indian media reports (as of now) have claimed that Shah was suspected as having associations with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim who is wanted in India, and Pakistani intelligence agency ISI. A section of Indian media that is better known for jumping the gun in matters related to regional security and politics have alleged that Shah’s media outlets were routinely used for anti-India propaganda.

Shah started Nepal’s first cable network, Space Time Network, that is still considered the premium service in Kathmandu, and later the first Nepali satellite TV channel- Channel Nepal- from Bangkok. After his successful TV venture he also started two broadsheet daily newspapers in Nepali (Space Time) and English (Space Time Today). Both newspapers failed commercially and were closed down.

Indian media today blame that Shah used his newspapers and TV network for anti-India propaganda.

“Shah ran the Channel Nepal television station that in 2000 instigated anti-India riots when it falsely reported Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan as saying that he hated Nepalis,” claims a report by carried by Times of India. “Four people died in the violence that followed and scores of Indian shops and businesses came under attack. Though the channel was banned for some time, it was lifted once the furore receded.”

Here’s what India’s government-controlled news agency Press Trust of India wrote about Shah: “The Nepali media mogul is alleged to have links with the underworld, including Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Rajan, allegations he had consistently denied. It was also alleged that his TV channel had received investments from underworld sources.”

It was widely reported at that time that a local Nepali-language weekly from Chitwan had originally carried such report about Roshan and afterwards major media from Kathmandu quoted the same report. Shah may be guilty for his alleged anti-India activities on Nepali soil but that was never verified. Neither we heard of any reports of India sharing its intelligence about Shah’s anti-India activities with Nepali authorities. There are many media outlets in Nepal (particularly newspapers) that are believed to be run (or help run) by the Indian embassy in Kathmandu because they run not only hagiographic reports about everything-India but also negative reports about Pakistan. About Shah too, there were rumors in Kahtmandu about his anti-India things but again they were never challenged in related authorities.

Here’s what TOI says about Shah’s newspapers: “Shah also ran a newspaper, Space Time, that carried anti-India propaganda.”

And about his Dawood, ISI links: “In 2004, he came under the ire of the Indian government who asked Nepal to freeze the assets of Space Time Network, alleging that it was funded by Dawood. Shah is also believed to have had ISI links. However, he had stoutly denied both allegations.”

The Murder

Jamim Shah died after being shot in the heart of the capital today. Two masked gunmen on a motorcycle fired at him in the busy street of Lajimpat, Kathmandu while he was heading towards his home in Panipokhari. Shah, who had sustained injuries in his head and chest, was rushed to nearby TU Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj where he was declared dead at 3:45 pm. The hospital sources said he was dead by the time he was brought to the hospital.

According to DSP Pradhumna Karki, the assailants apparently shot at the driver before Shah from a close distance. He received three bullets while his chauffeur Malakar got bullet in his thigh. Police claimed the firing was carried out with the intention to murder. Malakar has been undergoing treatment at the same hospital and is said to be out of danger.

Police said the two men in black outfit on a motorbike (Ba 15 Pa 8733) opened indiscriminate fire at Shah’s car (Ba 1 Cha 2151) at around 2:55, while he was returning home from the Yak and Yeti Hotel in Durbar Marg. The assailants came from the opposition direction.

Police spokesperson Bigyan Raj Sharma said search teams have been deployed to hunt down the killers in the possible hideouts.

Shah is survived by his wife and son.

Journalists mourn: The Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) has expressed deep grief over Shah’s killing. Expressing tribute to late Shah, the FNJ Central Committee wished eternal peace to the departed soul. The FNJ also extended heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members. Nepal Cable TV Association, and Nepal Cable TV Organization have deplored the inhumane killing of Shah. Issuing a joint press release today, both associations demanded the concerned bodies to immediately investigate into the incident and take action against the culprits as per the law. (source)

Here’s what independent Nepali daily Republica writes about the murder:

Family: The second son of Dr Mohim Shah, a retired senior government officer, is survived by wife Anjali and son Jacky, 24. According to family sources, Anjali had flown to East Timor for a personal visit with two other relatives a few days ago. Jacky, a young musician has been living in US.

The media baron had also courted controversy for his alleged links with Dawood Ibrahim and ISI, which he always denied stoutly. Security officers tally the modus operandi of Shah’s murder with that of Mirza Dilshad Beg 12 years ago, who courted controversy for similar allegations.

Police arrested eight persons on suspicion of involvement in the incident till Sunday evening but an investigative official at Metropolitan Police Range Kathmandu (MPRK) said on condition of anonymity that real culprits could be hiding in ‘star hotels’. According to SP Ganesh KC, chief of MPRK, the shooters had a black complexion and wore black jackets.

Whodunit? While there are widespread suspicions about “international links” behind the homicide, a high level intelligence source said that the killing might be an act of revenge by a local party with whom Jamim had a long animosity. The source even warned another partner of the dispute could meet the same fate. Security officers tally the modus operandi of Shah´s murder with that of Mirza Dilshad Beg 12 years ago, who courted controversy for similar allegations.

Police arrested eight persons on suspicion of involvement in the incident till Sunday evening but an investigative official at Metropolitan Police Range Kathmandu (MPRK) said on condition of anonymity that real culprits could be hiding in ´star hotels´. According to SP Ganesh KC, chief of MPRK, the shooters had a black complexion and wore black jackets.

Editors Announce New Papers in Nepal

The editors who recently resigned from Kantipur Publications have announced the new publishing company and two new newspapers.

The new company, the Nhu Republic Media, will bring out Nhu Nepal, Nepali daily, and the New Republic, English daily in about three months, said an SMS message sent out by one of the editors of a paper. Nhu is the Newari word that means new.

The editor of the Nepali daily will be Narayan Wagle who resigned from the editorship of Kantipur, Nepal’s largest daily, a few days ago. The editor of the English daily will be Ameet Dhakal who resigned from the Kathmandu Post, Nepal’s prominent English daily, a few days ago. Continue reading Editors Announce New Papers in Nepal