Incident Reports

Opposite factions of Nepali Congress students clash in Sanepa


Bagmati, Lalitpur, Lalitpur

Cadres of Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of main opposition Nepali Congress, clashed outside party office in Sanepa, Lalitpur on Sunday following a dispute over setting age limit for union membership. Two factions of the student union, who gathered to put pressure on the party leadership to endorse the amended party statute, hurled stones at each other.

The faction led by student leader Kundan Aryal has been demanding that there should be age limit of 32-year-old for eligibility to contest in the election of its student union, while the other faction under former president Nain Singh Mahar has been stiffly opposing the age limit criteria for membership.

The clash between the opposite factions ensued outside the party office when the leaders were holding informal discussions before the commencement of party Central Working Committee meeting slated for 11 am. Police said the two sides hurled water bottles at each other before resorting to a violent exchange of stones and brickbats. 

As the situation turned tense, police personnel intervened and wielded batons to take the situation under control. A few students and a journalist were injured in the clash, sources said. Among the injured, the condition of Jitendra Chhetri is said to be critical.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Twosided
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Primary Form Group Clash
Weapons Blunt weapon
Primary Cause Contestation over non-elective positions and influence
Actor 1 - Number of people 20
Actor 1 - Affiliations Nepali Congress and affiliated org
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people 20
Actor 2 - Affiliation Nepali Congress and affiliated org
Actor 2 - Youth unknown
National/Online Media