Joshi, a Maoist activist and editor with the daily Janadisha, was reported missing in the western district of Kailali on October 8. In late November, local newspapers reported that a mission headed by the Federation of Nepali Journalists had discovered a body and the editor's belongings in a remote forest. Joshi's family identified the remains as those of the journalist, according to local news reports.
News reports said he may have been murdered in connection with an article about Maoist intraparty disputes. Janadisha was described as Maoist affiliated. Bahadur Mahara, the minister for information and communications, said a commission had been formed to investigate the murder, according to Kantipur online.