Incident Reports

Police accused of assaulting squatters in Jhapa


Province 1, Jhapa, Damak, Ward 7

The Damak Municipality attempted to evict the squatters of seven houses in the Panchamukhi area at Damak-7  from their temporary tent homes on May 24. Their houses were demolished by the municipality on March 11, and they have been living in tents ever since.

They tried to evacuate the starving squatters by deploying Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and Municipal Police in large numbers amidst the corona pandemic. According to the squatters, on retaliating, the police attacked them where a female Squatter Kopila Bishwakarma was knocked unconscious by a female police officer. After this incident, squatters protested, and the police returned after being obstructed by locals. 

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Primary Form Assault (large group)
Weapons Unclear
Primary Cause Access/control of public land
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Police
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth na
Total Injured 1
Female Injured 1
Youth Injured n/a
National/Online Media