Incident Reports

Employees of Tatopani rural municipality agitated over the issue of misbehavior with the chief administrative officer


Karnali, Jumla, Tatopani

Employees of Tatopani rural municipality staged a demonstration after Bishnu Prasad Dhital, Chief administrative officer of the municipality was physically assaulted in his office by Laxmi Prasad Upadhyaya, husband of Gangadevi Upadhyaya who is the vice-chairperson of Tatopani rural municipality. The memorandum mentions the dispute between the victim and the accused was over the issue of payment. 

Chief Administrative Officer Dhital said that Upadhyaya and her husband Laxmi Prasad Upadhyaya physically assaulted him but he was rescued by other employees. He said, "Coldstore land cannot be paid unless it is in the name of a cooperative." At present, it is only in approval. The account has been blocked even after making the payment due to a lack of due process. Malepa and Alep have also asked not to pay until the land is in the name of the cooperative. The vice president and her husband have misbehaved by showing bigotry rather than arranging the process. '

Payment stopped due to non-payment of bribe

According to Laxmi Prasad Upadhyaya, he did not physically assault the chief administrative officer. He claimed that even though they had a dispute, he did not physically assault the officer. Upadhyaya claimed that even though the payment of Rs.50,000 has been transferred to his bank account after the completion of the work, the bank account was blocked. Upadhyaya also wrote an application demanding clarification for blocking his account. 

Other schemes of the same nature have already been paid but the payment for agricultural production collective apple orchard, goods management cold store construction scheme seems to have been delayed. Laxmi Prasad Upadhyaya has alleged that the Chief Administrative Officer asked for a bribe, and when he refused, the administrative officer did not pay him. 

He also alleged that he did not pay at the behest of certain people. However, Chief Administrative Officer Dhital claimed that the allegation of bribery was just a false allegation. He even challenged Upadhyaya to show any evidence of bribery so far. According to Dhital, various allegations have been levelled against him for refusing to do the work brought without due process. Dhital also said that Vice-Chairperson Gangadevi Upadhyaya also tried to attack him and spoke irresponsibly.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Strike/Bandh
Weapons None
Primary Cause Other governance issues
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health)
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health)
Actor 2 - Youth unknown
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