Incident Reports

Independent candidate manhandled by supporters of ruling coalition candidate in Jhapa


Province 1, Jhapa, Birtamod

Cadres of Hari Rana, a candidate of the ruling coalition in the upcoming election manhandled Swagat Nepal, an independent candidate for the seat of the House of Representatives election for Jhapa constituency no. 2.  during a candidate-voter interaction program organized by C K Institute of Thought Studies on November 7 in Birtamod of Jhapa. 

According to reports, a dispute rose when Rana confiscated microphone from Nepal while he was speaking, preventing Nepal from answering the questions asked by Rana's supporters. A participant in the program, Roshan Bohara alleged that a dispute arose after Hari Rana came to the podium and confiscated the microphone from Nepal when he was answering questions put to him by Rana's cadres. Rana allegedly manhandled Nepal in the process saying that it he need not answer the questions. Tulsi Upreti, a member of Nepal's campaign committee, stated that they have a video footage of the manhandling and mistreatment on Nepal.

Nepal's supporters also alleged Rana's cadres cutting off the microphone several times when Nepal was speaking and locking Nepal inside the program hall.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (large group)
Weapons None
Primary Cause Election-related incident
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Nepali Congress and affiliated org , CPN (Maoist Center) and affiliated org
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Other/multiple/unspecified political affiliation
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media