Nepali journalist Balaram Baniya, who reportedly wrote an article on Chinese encroachment in Rui village, has been found dead at the banks of Bagmati River in Nepal.
The 50-year-old journalist’s body was found at the banks of Bagmati River near the hydropower project area in Mandu, the spokesperson at District Police Office (DPO), Makwanpur, was quoted as saying.
Baniya was last seen walking along the banks of Balkhu River. His location, according to his mobile phone, showed the same, after which the phone was switched off.
His family had filed a missing report with the police, following which a manhunt was launched to trace him.
“As per the application received for his search, which also contained his photo, it has been verified that the body that was found was that of journalist Baniya,” according to the DPO.
Baniya was associated with Kantipur Daily, a Nepali newspaper, since the paper’s initial days. He used to cover politics and parliament and later did extensive reporting on governance and bureaucracy. He reportedly wrote an article highlighting the Chinese encroachment in Rui village located in Gorkha district.