Incident Reports

A local set the ward office on fire in Surkhet


Karnali, Surkhet, Birendranagar, Ward 1

A local resident, Bastabma Lamichanne, set the ward office on fire on September 22. According to Gangaram Sunar, the ward chairperson of Surkhet Birendranagar Municipality ward no.1, Lamichanne called him and threatened to set fire to the office for not showing up on time while he was in Kathmandu for a conference. After 10 minutes, the ward chairperson received another call informing him that the ward office had been set on fire with petrol, causing damage to the chairs, sofas, closets, and documents contained within. According to sources, Lamichanne had been in an aggressive mood since the morning and was carrying a deadly weapon, claiming he would physically assault people in the ward office. The accused has not yet been arrested.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Arson
Weapons Fire
Primary Cause Other non-economic personal issues (revenge, passion etc.)
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health)
Actor 2 - Youth unknown
Totally damaged Vehicles 1
National/Online Media