Krishna Sen, editor of the pro-Maoist newspaper Janadisha and former manager of the weekly Janadesh, died under torture in a detention centre of the Nepalese security forces. His body was handed over to his family for cremation but the authorities did not supply any information on the reasons for the death. According to several sources in Kathmandu, the journalist was tortured to make him confess his ties to the Maoist movement and his contacts with the Maoist leaders. He was in good health before his arrest on 20 May 2002 in a house in suburban Kathmandu. Krishna Sen who was, according to the police, one of the operatives of the Nepalese Communist Party (Maoist) for the Kathmandu region, was detained in an unknown place for nearly a month.
Krishna Sen had been released on 15 March 2001 following a ruling by the Supreme Court after more than two years detention. The authorities accused him in particular of having published in his pro-Maoist newspaper an interview of the leader of the rebel movement, Baburam Bhattarai.