Bihar misses another round of justice: 10 Accused freed
A trial court here on Saturday acquitted all the 10 accused in the Narayanpur massacre case in Bihar’s Jehanabad district in which 11
Dalits were shot dead by the banned Ranvir Sena 10 years ago, for want of evidence.
Additional district and sessions judge, Jehanabad, Shambhu Nath Mishra, acquitted them as the prosecution failed to establish the charge against the accused beyond reasonable doubt.
Eleven Dalits, including five women, had been shot dead on February 10, 1999, by suspected members of the Ranvir Sena, a militia of upper caste landowners, as part of a series of caste killings perpetrated by the Sena and CPI-ML (Liberation), which were then locked in a bloody turf war in several districts of Bihar.
The incident, coupled with some others caste killings by the Sena and ML, led to public outrage against the then Rabri Devi government and the state was brought under President’s Rule for 25 days between February 12, 1999 and March 8, 1999 by the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
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