Incident Reports

Far-Western University padlocked


(Updated)--- Students associated with the Nepal Students Union, Kanchanpur, staged a sit-in after padlocking the main gate of the Far-Western University today demanding the resignation of the University registrar Dwijjraj Bhatta. As a result, teaching and learning activities have been disrupted. "Students of morning shift have been compelled to return home due to this," according to the University Administration. Students associated with All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU) hurled a chair at NSU leader Purohit Badu and injured him when a discussion was underway among the students' unions in the presence of University Vice-Chancellor, Bhusan Shrestha, to end the stalemate in the University since long. The NSU determined that students associated with ANNFSU attacked Badu with the backing of Registrar Bhatta. Kishor Prasad Joshi of NSU said that they were compelled to padlock the main gate of the University demanding resignation of registrar Bhatta for his involvement in the incident. He said they would continue the sit-in and padlock until action is taken against the guilty. Meanwhile, issuing a press release, the central committee of the NSU demanded action against the guilty. Nepal Tribhuvan University Teachers 'Association and Employees' Association have expressed concern over the incident and demanded an environment conducive to the resumption of teaching-learning activities in the University. RSS Nepali Congress is preparing to file a cybercrime case against Far-Western University registrar Dwijaraj Bhatt for abusing his party president Sher Bahadur Deuba on social media. The Nepali Congress (NC) is preparing to file a case against Registrar Bhatt under cybercrime after the CPN-UML-affiliated ANNFSU fatally attacked the vice-president of the Nepali Union, Purohit Badu, during a discussion at the university. NC Kanchanpur vice-president Hari Prasad Bohara said that central member Ramesh Lekhak was discussing the issue of registering a case against Registrar Bhatt under cybercrime. He said that a case under cybercrime would be registered against Registrar Bhatt after the issue of the attack on Badu, the vice-president of Nepal Students Union, came to an end. Registrar Bhatta made an offensive statement while praising the UML on social media against the dignity of the post After making it public, Nevisangha has been agitating in collaboration with three other student organizations. After the opposition Congress' attempt to overthrow the current government failed, Registrar Bhatta aggressively posted and tweeted hepar status on social media to UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Opposition Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba. He termed Nepali Congress president Deuba as an Indian broker and UCPN-M chairman Dahal as a fake revolutionary. NC Kanchanpur has said that it will not hold any discussion with the local administration until a complaint is registered against the leaders of UNHCR who attacked Badu. The Nepali Congress (NC) has rejected the request of the local administration to ease the tension created in the university through talks. Chief District Officer Manohar Prasad Khanal called for talks to resolve the tension created in the university Vice President Bohara said that it was rejected. He said that he would not sit in talks until the police took full responsibility for the treatment by filing an FIR against the attack on student leader Badu. Registrar Bhatt on Friday in the presence of Vice-Chancellor of the University Bhushan Shrestha. Badu was attacked while talks were going on between the four agitating student organizations and the UNRWA. He was attacked by UNHCR leaders Madan Chand and Kamal Rokaya, according to the Navy. The injured Badu is undergoing treatment at Kohalpur Medical College. Meanwhile, Bhim Dutt and the Bedkot Municipal Working Committee of his mother party Nepali Congress have expressed solidarity with the Nevisangha movement. The working committees of both the municipalities have issued separate statements expressing solidarity with the movement of the Nepali Union. Bhim Dutt and Bedkot Municipal Working Committee have condemned the attack on Nevisangha Vice President Badu and demanded action against the culprit. A statement signed by Bhim Dutt's president Padmaraj Awasthi and secretary Umesh Joshi and Bedkot secretary Dil Bahadur Kunwar objected to the statement made by the university's registrar Bhatta on social media. Similarly, the joint professors of the university Have also expressed solidarity. Similarly, the central office of the Nepali Union has claimed that Registrar Bhatta had deliberately attacked the Nepali Union by introducing 15-20 thugs in the name of UNRWA. The central office has issued a statement demanding action against the registrar directly involved in the incident and the 'thugs' near the UNRWA. A statement signed by central member Bishnu Dutta Joshi warned that the movement would be intensified if action against those involved in the attack was delayed.

Update .................................... The Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE) of the Far -Western University that remained padlocked for the past two weeks was unlocked on Thursday following the three-point agreement between the protesting All Nepal National Free Student's Union (ANNFSU) and the university officials to this effect. However, The offices of the vice-chancellor and registrar remained padlocked. Joint secretary of the Kanchanpur chapter of the ANNFSU Kamal Rokaya said that they agreed to undo the OCE after the Examination Controller of the university was positive to their demands. The OCE was padlocked since May 19, following a protest launched by the ANNFSU putting forth various demands. The agreement included that the Examination Board itself should investigate the process of setting the criteria to rent the OCE, Rokaya said. RSS

Update ...... Classes resume at Far-western University The regular classes at the Far-western University resumed today after padlocks were removed on Vice-Chancellor and Registrar's offices. The classes remained obstructed for nine-days after CPN (UML) aligned All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU) padlocked the Vice Chancellor's office with various educational demands. On the other hand, Nepal Student Union (NSU) aligned to Nepali Congress padlocked the Registrar's office alleging that the Registrar insulted NC leader on social networking sites. The two parties agreed on removing the obstruction during a meeting held at the District Administration Office, Kanchanpur three days ago. The padlocks were removed on Sunday, ANNFSU Joint Secretary, Narendra Karki said. The two parties agreed on removing the obstruction during a meeting held at the District Administration Office, Kanchanpur three days ago. The padlocks were removed on Sunday, ANNFSU Joint Secretary, Narendra Karki said. The two parties agreed on removing the obstruction during a meeting held at the District Administration Office, Kanchanpur three days ago. The padlocks were removed on Sunday, ANNFSU Joint Secretary, Narendra Karki said.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Event Duration More than 7 days
Primary Form Gherau/Dharna (sit-in)/padlocking
Primary Cause Other non-economic personal issues (revenge, passion etc.)
Actor 1 - Number of people 50
Actor 1 - Affiliations Nepali Congress and affiliated org
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Education sector/teachers (private and public)
Actor 2 - Youth na
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