Incident Reports

Ward chairperson accused of attempted assault on two journalists in Rukum East


Lumbini, Rukum East, Putha Uttarganga, Ward 9

Sur Bahadur Roka, Ward chairperson of Putha Uttarganga Rural Municipality -9, of Rukum East, allegedly attempted to assault two journalists of the district who went to cover the news on May 4. Chairperson Roka tried to assault journalist Jitendra Budhathoki and Bikram Pariyar who are working at Radio East Rukum,

Journalist Budathoki said that the ward chairperson tried to attack them twice while trying to find out the information regarding a dispute between the ward chairperson and rural municipality accountant over the payment of the Ghumrigad Khola Micro Hydropower Project. Federation of Nepalese journalists in Rukum East district and Karnali province has condemned the incident.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Threat/intimidation
Weapons None
Primary Cause Issues related to freedom of expression and civil rights
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health)
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 2
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Journalist/Media
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media