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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 ...

3 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 ...

4 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 -...

4 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 ...

4 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...

7 months 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...

9 months 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...

9 months 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...

9 months 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 ...

9 months 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. ...

9 months 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...

9 months ago
57 booked for Bihar landmine blast

Patna, Oct 18 - As many as 57 people were booked in Bihar's Aurangabad district Friday, a day after seven people were killed in a massive landmine blast triggered by Maoists. There was tension in the area and the first information report - was lodged against seven people who were named and 50 unknown people, police officials said. Combing operations have been intensified against Maoi...

10 months ago
The poor lose hope of justice in caste massacres

Patna, Oct 12 - There's seemingly no hope of justice for Saryu Rajwar and Binod Ram, whose close relatives were among the 58 Dalits, the poorest of the poor, who were killed by the upper-caste Ranvir Sena in the 1997 Laxmanpur-Bathe village massacre in Bihar. The victims had included as many as 27 women and 10 children. This is not the only case in which the accused were acquitted by a cour...

10 months ago
Bihar massacre: Congress expresses dismay over court order

New Delhi, Oct 11 - The Congress Friday expressed its dismay at the acquittal of the Laxmanpur Bathe - massacre accused and said it would support the victims' struggle for justice. The Scheduled Castes department of the All India Congress Committee deplores the fact that even after 16 years of the heinous massacre of 58 Dalits by alleged activists of the upper caste Ranvir Sena at Laxmanpur...

10 months ago
Bihar to challenge acquittals in massacre of Dalits

Patna, Oct 10 - Bihar will file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the Patna High Court verdict acquitting 26 men convicted in a 1997 case of 58 Dalits' massacre in Jehanabad district, an official said Thursday. The government will challenge the judgment in the Laxmanpur-Bathe massacre by the upper-caste Ranvir Sena, Bihar Advocate General Lalit Kishore said. The government will...

10 months ago
Court acquits 26 in Bihar caste massacre case

Patna, Oct 9 - Citing lack of evidence, the Patna High Court Wednesday acquitted 26 people for the 1997 Laxmanpur-Bathe massacre in Bihar in which 58 Dalits were killed. Terming the court acquittal as massacre of justice to poorest of the poor, Communist Party of India - - general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya said the party would move the Supreme Court against the Patna High Court verdic...

10 months ago
Bihar court acquits 26 in caste massacre case

Patna, Oct 9 - Citing lack of evidence, the Patna High Court Wednesday acquitted 26 people for the 1997 Laxmanpur-Bathe massacre in Bihar in which 58 Dalits were killed. Of the acquitted, 16 were sentenced to death and 10 had been awarded life imprisonment in 2010 by the Additional District and Sessions Judge of the Patna Civil court. A bench of Justice B.N. Sinha of the Patna High C...

1 year ago
1997 Bihar caste massacre accused held

Patna, July 18 - Dharma Singh, a member of outlawed outfit Ranvir Sena and prime accused in the Laxmanpur-Bathe massacre in which 58 Dalits were killed in 1997, was arrested here Thursday, police said. He was evading arrest for nearly 16 years and was taken into custody by a police team from Arwal district, said Superintendent of Police Anand Kumar Singh. Laxmanpur-Bathe village...

1 year ago
1997 Bihar caste massacre accused held

Patna, July 18 - Dharma Singh, a member of outlawed outfit Ranvir Sena and prime accused in the Laxmanpur-Bathe massacre in which 58 Dalits were killed in 1997, was arrested here Thursday, police said. He was evading arrest for nearly 16 years and was taken into custody by a police team from Arwal district, said Superintendent of Police Anand Kumar Singh. Laxmanpur-Bathe village sit...

1 year ago
Another arrest in Ranvir Sena chief murder case

Patna, Aug 31- Prince Pandey, an accused in the murder of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh, was arrested near Ranchi, capital of Jharkhand, police said Friday. Prince Pandey was believed to be among those who shot Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh. He was arrested by a joint team of Bihar and Jharkhand police, following a tip-off from intelligence officials. Brahmeshwar Singh wa...

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