Khagendra Shrestha, 45, the managing editor of the newspaper Dharan Today, was shot twice in the head while in his office in Dharan at 1 p.m. on 15 March 2005. After being rushed to a hospital in Dharan, he was transferred to Siliguri in northeastern India for more appropriate treatment. He died of his injuries on 31 March.
The security forces said the two gunmen who shot him were Maoist rebels, but no group claimed responsibility. Several sources said Shrestha had supported King Gyanendra’s recent seizure of dictatorial powers. However, his colleagues said he was killed because of his reports about alleged embezzlement by businessmen in the Dharan region.