Maoists seize property, MJF calls strike
Siraha, September 4:
Activists of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum called an indefinite transport strike here today to protest the seizure of a private property by Maoist cadres.
The strike comes after the Maoist cadres seized 11 bighas of land, including a 16-room building worth Rs 80 million, belonging to Birendra Saha of Kalyanpur-6 at Ramnagar Mirchaiya-5 on Sunday.
Maoist cadres led by CA members Mahendra Paswan and Jagat Yadav seized the property claiming that the property belonged to former king Gyanendra’s brother-in-law Mohan Shahi.
They even distributed the land to landless Dalit families and declared that the building would be used as a Dharmashala (guest house).
However, Birendra Saha claimed he had bought the property from Shahi a few years ago.
Issuing a release on Sunday, teh MJF protested the Maoists’ move saying that it was against the pact reached among the coalition partners and the comprehensive peace accord.
The MJF had given a 48-hour ultimatum to the Maoists to return the seized property.
Maoists’ district coordinator urged the MJF to suspend the strike and come for dialogues to resolve the issue.