Incident Reports

4 killed in Butwal police-squatter clash


Butwal, October 10

Four* persons died when over 10 sustained injuries in a violent clash between police and local squatters at the proposed Motipur industrial estate in Butwal, on Sunday. The four who belonged to the landless squatter group died after receiving bullets from law enforcers.

The federal government’s Home Ministry spokesperson Phanindra Mani Pokharel says 14 people were injured in the clash, of which three died while being rushed to treatment and one while undergoing treatment at the Universal Medical College in Bhairahawa. Earlier, the police had launched their efforts to remove the squatters from the land belonging to the industrial estate project. But, the squatters resorted to a protest, resulting in the clash.

Rupandehi Chief District Officer Rishi Ram Tiwari says a curfew order has been imposed in the neighbourhood from 4 pm today to prevent the violence and tension from getting worse.


Among the dead were two 40-year-old men and a 20-year-old man. Ramesh Pariyar, 48, of Banganga Municipality-10 of Kapilvastu  died while undergoing treatment at Universal Medical College, Bhairahawa.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Group Clash
Weapons None
Primary Cause Access/control of public land
Actor 1 - Number of people 14
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth youth
Actor 2 - Number of people 10
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Government and civil servants at central level
Actor 2 - Youth unknown
Total Killed 4
Female Killed n/a
Youth Killed 1
Total Injured 10
Female Injured n/a
Youth Injured n/a
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