Incident Reports

Local youth in Pokhara assaulted for stopping the illegal excavation


Province 4, Kaski, Machhapuchchhre

Local contractors are continuously excavating riverine materials in Machhapuchhre village of Kaski defying the Pokhara High Court's order to stop the illegal excavation. Meanwhile, local youth Gopal Pokharel was allegedly beaten while trying to stop illegal excavations by the contractor Pan Bahadur Chhetri.

Pokhrel's face was injured due to the beating and he has lodged a complaint at the local Ghachok Police Post demanding action against the perpetrator. Stone, ballast, sand and other riverine materials are being excavated from the river banks of Machhapuchhre village under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).  

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons None
Primary Cause Access/control of water resources (irrigation, hydropower)
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Other private sectors
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth youth
Total Injured 1
Youth Injured 1
National/Online Media


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