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India: Man blinded for asking for loan to be paid back

January 25, 2014

Lata Rani Correspondent

Patna : A man in Bihar was assaulted and blinded after he requested his neighbour to pay back money he had taken as a loan. The victim suffered severe wounds in his eye and has been admitted to a government hospital for treatment. The incident took place at Pauki village in eastern Bihar's Purnia district on Friday. Reports say that 60-year-old Mohammad Elyas had given Rs13,000 (Dh761) as a loan to a local villager a while back. On Friday, when he met the neighbour and asked that he pay him back, the latter got angry and assaulted him before piercing a knife into his left eye, leaving him blind. The police have registered a case against the suspect, who has fled, and are attempting to find him. "We are conducting raids to arrest the accused," the local police official Ashutosh Kumar Jha told media on Saturday. The incident comes close on the heels of the blinding of an alleged thief by villagers at the Hansa village in neighbouring Supaul district a couple of days ago. According to reports, the alleged thief was caught by villagers who later poured acid onto both his eyes, leaving him blind. The local district administration has began an inquiry in the matter and also demanded the arrest of the absconding culprits. The inquiry follows instruction from the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to probe the case and bring the culprits to book.

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Source: Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)

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