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Private bank officials and police in Tamil Nadu beat farmer to recover loan: NHRC issues notice
Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports that media reports that officials of a private bank with the assistance of police came to seize the tractor of a farmer in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu to recover the money he had borrowed, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Tamil Nadu's Chief Secretary and DGP.

According to a statement by NHRC they brutally attacked the farmer and forcibly took him to a police vehicle. The Commission has asked the concerned authorities to reply to its notice within two weeks.

The Commission, on the basis of a video clip, sent by a journalist, as well as a news report, has observed that such form of forcible recovery by itself amounts to human rights violation.

According to the video clip, and a news report, carried by a Tamil Newspaper on 10th March, 2016, at least three police personnel were beating one Balan, a farmer. He had availed a loan of Rs. 3,80,000/- from a private bank during the year 2011, for purchase of a tractor. He has paid so far a sum of Rs. 4,38,880/-.

The bank demanded a further payment of Rs. 1,34,000/- and notice was also issued in this regard. However, Balan did not pay back the said amount. On the date of incident when Balan was engaged in his farm land, he was forcibly pulled down from the tractor and was brutally beaten by the police.

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