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3 days ago
Bihar court acquits 14 accused in 1998 upper-caste massacre

Patna, Feb 25 (IANS) A Bihar court Wednesday acquitted 14 people accused of the 1998 massacre of seven upper-caste members, citing lack of evidence, a government lawyer said. A bench of the Patna High Court acquitted all the 14 accused, saying there was insufficient evidence against them in the chargesheet filed by police. Those acquitted were sentenced to life imprisonment two y...

1 month ago
Partial shutdown in Bihar over acquittals in Dalit massacre

Patna, Jan 16 (IANS) Road and rail traffic in Bihar was partly hit Friday during a shutdown called by the CPI-ML to protest against the acquittal of 24 people in the massacre of 22 Dalits in 1999. The shutdown was called in Arwal and Jehanabad districts over the killings in Shankar Bigha village. Hundreds of activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist squatted on r...

1 month ago
Dalits angry as Bihar massacre accused are acquitted

Patna, Jan 15 (IANS) Family members of the Dalits who were killed in 1999 in Bihar's Arwal district, allegedly by the outlawed, upper -caste militia Ranvir Sena men, are disheartened and devastated over the release of all the accused. Etwaria Devi, in her late 50s, lost her husband Ganga Paswan and another relative Nanhu Paswan in the massacre of 22 Dalits Jan 25, 1999, at Shankar Bigha ...

1 month ago
Bihar court acquits 24 accused in 1999 Dalit massacre

Patna, Jan 13 (IANS) Citing lack of evidence, a Bihar court Tuesday acquitted 24 people of the 1999 massacre of 22 Dalits, a government lawyer said. Additional District and Sessions Judge Raghvendra Kumar Singh of Jehanabad district civil court pronounced the verdict. Outlawed Ranvir Sena men had allegedly killed 22 Dalits Jan 25, 1999, in Shankar Bigha village in Jehanabad. The ...

3 months ago
Bihar rights panels recommends police officer's transfer

Patna, Nov 14 (IANS) The Bihar human rights panel has recommended Superintendent of Police Amitabh Kumar Das's transfer for writing a letter on the commission's letterhead over Minister Giriraj Singh's alleged links with the outlawed Ranvir Sena. The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) made the recommendation against the police official attached to it for writing to the special branch o...

3 months ago
Rights panel notice to officer over allegation against Giriraj

Patna, Nov 11 (IANS) The Bihar Human Rights Commission(BHRC) Tuesday issued a show cause notice to a police officer for sending a report on the alleged links of newly inducted union minister Giriraj Singh to the outlawed Ranvir Sena to the special branch and sought an explanation from him. Amitabh Kumar Das, posted as superintendent of police in the commission, had Monday sent a report t...

3 months ago
Giriraj Singh, who supported Modi before he was PM

Patna, Nov 9 (IANS) Giriraj Singh, MP from Nawada constituency in Bihar, once said that those opposing Narendra Modi have no place in India. Singh belongs to the upper caste Bhumihar caste that has a strong presence in state politics. A member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Singh has often spoken openly of his support and admiration for Modi. During the Lok Sab...

4 months ago
Bihar shutdown disrupts rail, road traffic

Patna, Oct 21 (IANS) A shutdown in Bihar Tuesday to protest the arrest of three men for the alleged gang rape of six Mahadalit women has hit rail and road traffic, police said. The shutdown was called by the Akhil Bharatiya Rashtrawadi Kisan Sanghathan. Hundreds of activists headed by slain Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh's son Indu Bhusan disrupted road traffic and blocked r...

4 months ago
Protests in Bhojpur and Patna over gang rape

Patna, Oct 17 (IANS) Hundreds of people, mostly of the landed upper castes and led by slain Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh's son Indu Bhusan, took to the streets in Bhojpur Friday in support of three persons arrested on charges of gang rape. Activists and supporters of the Akhil Bharatiya Rashtrawadi Kisan Sanghathan blocked roads at two places to protest against what they called th...

6 months ago
Main accused in Dalit massacre held in Bihar

Patna, Aug 8 (IANS) The main accused in the massacre of 10 Dalits in Haibuspur in Bihar in 1997 was Friday arrested in Patna district, police said. Sardar Lakshman Singh was arrested from his ancestral village Kab when he was on a visit, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said. Police said Singh evaded arrest for 17 years as he had fled and spent most of the time ...

10 months ago
IIT-educated real estate baron in Bihar poll fray

Jehanabad, April 16 - Real estate baron Anil Kumar Sharma, an IITian who is contesting from Bihar's Jehanabad parliamentary constituency, is the richest candidate in the state with assets worth a whopping Rs.850 crore. Sharma, chairman and managing director of the Amrapali Group, is a candidate of the ruling Janata Dal - from Jehanabad, considered to be a lawless land till a decade ago. It ...

11 months ago
Slain Ranvir Sena chief's son queers BJP poll pitch

Patna, April 1 - Slain Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh's son Indu Bhusan, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Patliputra constituency in Patna, has queered the pitch for the BJP. Indu Bhusan, who is a candidate of the Desi Kisan Party, is eyeing the support of farmers, particularly of his castemen - landed upper caste Bhumihars - who are considered pro-Bharatiya Janata Party -...

11 months ago
Accused in Dalit massacre arrested in Bihar

Patna, March 21 - An accused in the 2000 massacre of 34 Dalits in Bihar was arrested Friday from a school in the state, police said. Nanbutan Sharma, accused in the massacre that took place in Aurangabad district's Miyapur village, was arrested by the police in Arwal district, about 100 km from here, police official Pankaj said. The accused was arrested following a tip off to police ...

11 months ago
Accused in Dalit massacre arrested in Bihar

Patna, March 21 - An accused in the 2000 massacre of 34 Dalits in Bihar was arrested Friday from a school in the state, police said. Nanbutan Sharma, accused in the massacre that took place in Aurangabad district's Miyapur village, was arrested by the police in Arwal district, about 100 km from here, police official Pankaj said. The accused was arrested following a tip off to pol...

1 year ago
Relatives of Bihar twin massacres victims to move SC

New Delhi, Dec 18 - The relatives of those killed in the Bhatani Tola and the Laxmanpur Bathe massacres in Bihar will appeal in the Supreme Court against the Patna High Court verdict acquitting all the accused. Expressing outrage over the high court's verdict, Chitranjan Singh, national secretary of the People's Union for Civil Liberties - Wednesday said the killings were carried out by the...

1 year ago
CPI-ML to submit one crore signatures

Patna, Nov 13 - The CPI-ML plans to submit a petition with 10 million signatures to President Pranab Mukherjee to protest against the acquittal of dozens of accused in caste massacres in Bihar. CPI-ML general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya Wednesday said the party will undertake a major signature drive across the state. The CPI-ML will submit one crore signatures to the president De...

1 year ago
Bihar landmine blast accused surrenders

Patna, Oct 24 - One of the men accused of killing seven people in Bihar's Aurangabad district last week surrendered in court Thursday and was sent to 14 days' judicial custody, police said. After police intensified search operations, one of the men who was earlier accused in the case and had been identified by name, Baban Yadav, surrendered in court, Aurangabad Superintendent of Police Upen...

1 year ago
Acquittals in Dalit massacre can shake faith in system

The Patna High Court Oct 9 suspended conviction of the 26 accused in the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre for want of evidence. The trial court had convicted all 26 accused and sentenced 10 to life imprisonment and handed down capital punishment to 16 in April 2010. The gruesome massacre was committed Dec 1, 1997, in Laxmanpur Bathe village in south Bihar where 58 Dalits, including 27 women and 16 ...

1 year ago
Five suspected Maoists arrested in Bihar

Patna, Oct 21 - Five suspected Maoists were arrested in Bihar's Simharua village during a police raid Monday, said a police officer. The arrested Maoists were allegedly involved in the killing of seven people in the state's Aurangabad district, police said. Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from their possession, said Aurangabad Superintendent of Police Upendra Sharma. ...

1 year ago
Maoists say they killed seven in Bihar

Patna, Oct 20 - The banned Communist Party of India-Maoist - Sunday owned up responsibility for killing seven people, including a former commander of the outlawed Ranvir Sena, in a landmine blast in Bihar's Aurangabad district. The massive blast took place near Pisai village Thursday evening, about 120 km from here. The people's guerilla army attacked Sunil Pandey -, to avenge the ki...

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