Siraha, December 23:
Human rights organisations in Siraha today said Maoist cadres beat up Biltu Paswan at Ramnagar Mirchaiya-5 of the district on December 16.
Issuing a joint statement, the Human Rights Protection Centre, INSEC, and other rights organisations said Maoist cadres beat up Paswan on the issue of land.
â€œMaoists brandishing guns forced Biltuâ€™s brother Baidhyanath to sign a mortgage (tamasuk) of Rs 1.2 million in the last week of Mangsir. When the incident became public, they attacked Biltu too,â€ the statement adds.
Demanding the cancellation of the tamasuk document, rights organisations condemned the incident.
Their statement said the incident that occurred under the leadership of Maoist Saptari in-charge Dilip Shah alias Dinakar, was a violation of human rights.
Sunil Shah, chairman of Lahanâ€™s Samagra Bikas Kendra, said, â€œWhen the incident became public, the Maoists beat up Biltu while he was working in the field and forced him to put his signature also.â€ The assault has left Biltu in a deteriorating state of health, Shah said.
Maoist Siraha secretary Avinash said, â€œThe tamasuks were prepared when they denied to register their land after taking cash. After the land registration process, the tamasuks can be destroyed.â€