Nepalgunj, December 11:
The Maoists have called a tractor-owner to pay them a sum of one lakh rupees if he wants his seized tractor back.
â€œMaoist leader Navin told me over phone that they will not return the tractor unless he pays them Rs 1 lakh,â€ Raj Kumar Barma, the owner of the seized tractor and native of Bankeâ€™s Karkando 1, said. Maoist leader Toofan said they have deposited Barmaâ€™s tractor â€œas collateral for raising the needed fundâ€. â€œWe have told Barma to pay us Rs 1 lakh if he needs the tractor soon.â€
Seventy-six-year-old Prem Dev Giri of Udhrapur 2 Gijara in Banke said:
â€œDespite the peace treaty, the Maoists have not ended the seizure of my house. I was threatened when I went to lay claim over my house.â€
â€œA Pariyar family, who has been occupying the house, told me that the house will be handed over to him only under the direction of the (Maoist) party,â€ he said, adding:
â€œAccompanied by my family, I left the house on March 20, 2006 as Maoist cadres Kiran Shahi and Rum Lal Oli forced me out under the direction of Maoist leader Sagar.â€ The Giri family is living in Bholagaudi, Bardiya.
However, Maoist leader Toofan said action against Giri was taken â€œfor practising polygamyâ€. Maoistsâ€™ Banke district secretary Himal said he had no knowledge about the whole affair.