KATHMANDU, July 28: There has been a series of high-profile murders in the country in recent times. Even as the killings go on at frequent interval, the committees formed to investigate such crimes continue to keep their reports secret. Why?
“Open Secret,” a book by journalist KP Dhungana that explores transnational crime, analyzes six murder cases and one attempted murder that took place between 2001 and 2011, in a bid to answer why reports of the committees formed to probe high-profile murders are never made public. The book was launched on Thursday.
K .P. Dhungana, a journalist for more than a decade, researched for three years for the book, which analyses the murders of former minister Mirza Dilsaad Begh, Jamim Shah, Kamal Neplai, Majid Manihar, Saokad Begh and Faizan Ahmed.
The Nepal-India inter-country crime series book also includes the repeated murder attempts on Yunus Ansari. “Nepalis are killed in the open. The murderers are not caught. The nation remains silent. Why?” asks Dhungana. “Open Secret is an attempt to find answers to that question.”
Dhungana said that the book synthesizes facts collected during everyday reporting as well as the details related to such incidents that have not been made public so far. The book looks for answers as to why the police don’t want to investigate the reason behind a minister’s murder in the capital.
“I have tried to show how the police are hand in glove with criminals and how the answers are available but hidden,” said Dhungana. He explained that the lack of books on crime was one of the reasons that inspired him to come up with Open Secret. He said, “The murders of Mirza and Jamim Shah had many similarities. After failing to find any official records on the Mirza murder case, I felt the need to write the book.”
He further stated that he has included the Mumbai underworld in his book to find more about the Nepal–India crime nexus.
Saying that true incidents and investigations are the subject of his book, he said, “I think readers like truth.”