Incident Reports

Municipal office vandalized


Province 1, Jhapa, Birtamod

 Workers vandalized Arjundhara Municipality when the construction company stopped extracting pebbles and sand from the river. Workers expressed their anger towards the municipality on Sunday, stating that thousands of workers were impoverished after SUS halted extraction of stones, pebbles, and sand.

The protesters pelted stones at the municipality office on Sunday protesting the municipality's inability to create an environment for extraction of sand according to the agreement. 

The municipality and the construction company had contracted at a cost of Rs. 2 crores sixty-one lakh ten thousand on condition of collecting 600 cubic meters of the material of Biring, Tangting, Leader and Goyang river on October 1.

According to Utsab Dhakal, director of SUS Construction, the municipality has decided to restrict the transport of riveted material after the condition that the municipality could not make the conditional excavation environment.

The construction company has stopped the excavation due to protests by locals. The construction company wrote a letter to the municipal to adjust the collection environment within twenty-four hours after the collection was not allowed according to the consensus.

Even the municipality has repeatedly discussed the issue of excavation. Locals have locked the ward office of ArjunDhara-1 saying that the surface of the water is drying due to excavation.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Primary Form Vandalism
Weapons Blunt weapon
Primary Cause Labor disputes, not including civil servants
Actor 1 - Number of people 25
Actor 1 - Affiliations Labor organization, trade unions and other organizations based on economic demands
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 na
Total damaged Buildings 1
National/Online Media