Incident Reports

Journalist found dead in Sunsari


Province 1, Sunsari, Itahari

After Udayapur journalist Sachin Bhattarai was found dead in Itahari, Sunsari, various associations related to the media have demanded an investigation into the incident. Issuing a press statement, Udayapur Chapter of Federation of Nepali Journalist (FNJ) Chairman Kushalbabu Basnet demanded a swift probe into the incident. Itahari police had found Bhattarai’s body near the office of Transport Management in Itahari on March 25. Police had kept the body at Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences for autopsy. Journalist Bhattarai was out of contact with family members for the past five days. During the search, family members had identified Bhattarai’s body at BPKIHS today. Press Chautari Nepal Koshi Zonal In-charge Lilaraj Bhattarai, Sunsari Chairman Devendra Karki, Morang Chairman Ram Chandra Adhikary, Udayapur Chairman Bharat Khadka today issued a joint press release seeking action against the guilty. Treasurer of Press Chautari Udayapur, Bhattarai was sub-editor of Baruwa Times Daily. Meanwhile, FNJ central office has formed a probe committee led by FNJ eastern regional Coordinator Ganesh Pokhrel to investigate the incident.
Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Murder/attempted Murder
Weapons Unclear
Primary Cause Unclear
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Journalist/Media
Actor 2 - Youth na
Total Killed 1
National/Online Media