Judicial massacre of Dalits cases, case after case: concerned left parties

11Oct13

Despondent with the Patna High Court verdict over acquitting all the 26 accused in 1997 Dalits massacred in Laxmanpur-Bathe, left parties demanded Nitish Kumar government to file an appeal against ‘flawed judgment’ without delay.

Lok Shakti president Ram Vilas Pasvan said that he will talk to congress president Soniya Gandhi to intervene for justice.

On Wednesday, dated October 9, 2013, the conviction of all 26 accused, which killed 58 Dalits, has been reserved by Patna high court and acquits them from all charges for lack of evidences. Though in 2010, the trial Court has sentenced death to 16 and life sentence to other 10.

“To now give them the ‘benefit of doubt’ when there is no doubt that 58 Dalits were massacred in the village (in Arwal district of Bihar) raises questions about the verdict,” the CPI(M) Polit Bureau said in a statement.

Pointing the judicial prejudice party said “Is it just a coincidence that in other such cases also where Dalits were killed by upper caste private armies, the accused have been acquitted.”

Reminding then Presidents K.R.Narayan’s statement for Bathe massacre as a ‘national shame’, CPI-ML (Liberation) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya expressed agony over acquits of killers in case after case “ it shows that judicial bias and justice denied for Dalits is an even worse national shame’.

He said the Bathe massacre verdict was “a judicial massacre – coming after similar acquittals in the Bathanitola, Nagri and Miyanpur massacre cases.”

Party demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister for cruel justice and cites recently Dalit students were attacked by Ranveer Sena following the death of its chief Brahmeshwar, they claimed “it is well known that leaders of BJP, JD (U) and some from RJD and Congress had close links with the Ranveer Sena.”

The CPI (M) repeats its earlier appeal against the Patna High Court verdict acquitting Pappu Yadav , murderer of CPI(M) MLA Ajit Sarkar.



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