Incident Reports

Ward chairman accused of beating landless squatter in Jhapa


Province 1, Jhapa, Bhadrapur, Ward 9

Naren Rajbanshi, a landless squatter residing in Bhadrapur municipality-9 has accused the ward chairman Shanilal Rajbanshi of the same municipality of beating him for not listening to him. The Landless Squatters commission Jhapa had decided to permit the landless squatters to use 1 bigha and 10 Kattha land  situated in former Chandragadhi municipality-4 for 10 years in 2010. Naren reported that the ward chairman and his wife beat him on November 26 while he was ploughing the same land. Naren further added that, Shanilal had been threatening him not to plough or use the land since he became the ward chairman. According to Naren, he planned to turn the land into a playground citing that the land belonged to the government.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons None
Primary Cause Access/control of public land
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health)
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Local Newspaper - Jhapa