Incident Reports

Sindhupalchowk's Panchpokhari tense due to clash between CPN-UML and Nepali Congress


Bagmati, Sindhupalchok, Panchpokhari Thangpal, Ward 5

Situaiton in Gunsa of Panchpokhari rural municipality-5 turned tense due to a clash between cadres of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML on May 19. The clash ensued after Nepali Congress cadres retaliated in response to an alleged attack on a cadre by CPN-UML at Gunsa while he was heading to the office of Panchpokhari rural municipality. Congress cadres later vandalized the house of the chairperson of ward 5 Kale Gole who was elected from CPN-UML. Additional police was deployed at the site to prevent situation from escalating, according to DSP Dakshya Kumar Basnet. The root cause of the clash is said to be a dispute between Nepali Congress and CPN-UML the previous day on May 18 over vote counting. Nepali Congress and other parties had demanded recounting of votes after 3 ballot papers were found missing while 4 ballot papers were found half torn. The CDO and election officers had resumed vote counting by mediating the dispute over lost ballot papers. CPN-UML's candidate for chairperson of ward 5 had won by a margin of 15 votes.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Twosided
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Primary Form Assault (large group)
Weapons Blunt weapon
Primary Cause Election-related incident
Secondary Cause Contestation between Parties
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations UML and affiliated org
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation Nepali Congress and affiliated org
Actor 2 - Youth unknown
Totally damaged Vehicles 1
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