It is not only when a journalist is murdered, but when any citizen is killed by a responsible political party trying to participate in the political process, that this deed is bound to have an impact on public opinion. The Maoists' use of violence as a political tool took this country to the brink of disaster, but they are now trying to make a transition by cooperating with other parliamentary parties to take part in open politics. But they are showing a lack of accountability and responsibility in their dealings. This is not just a violation of the comprehensive peace agreement, but also proof they are relying on criminals to put down political roots.
The Maoists had waged war on their opponents and professionals in the districts and villages. But a party that believes in armed struggle as an extension of politics is finding it difficult to transform itself. It is finding it difficult to be accountable to the public about its activities. After violent incidents like this, the Maoists have tried to wash their hands by saying that it is not the party's policy to do such things.
The Maoists have tried from the beginning to wriggle out of taking responsibility for the murder of Birendra Sah. But even after their own investigation proved the involvement of party cadres, the Maoists have tried to cover up and delay. The party promised to punish the guilty, but hasn't done so and hasn't handed them over to the state either.
Meanwhile, the administration has shown its inability to carry out a proper investigation and has failed to make the Maoists accountable for the crime.
Ordinary citizens are asking: how can an administration that can't even provide justice to a high profile journalist's murder provide security to the general public.