Wednesday, May 12, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalit carnage: 3 sentenced to death

Dalit carnage: 3 sentenced to death

Press Trust of India Posted online: Wed May 12 2010, 12:20 hrs
Ara (Bihar) : A Bihar court on Wednesday sentenced three persons to
death and 20 others to life imprisonment in connection with the
killing of 21 Dalits at Bathani Tola in Bhojpur district in 1996.
Additional District and Sessions Judge A K Srivastava announced the
quantum of punishment today.

On May 5 the court had found the accused guilty of killing the dalits
at Bathani Tola under Sahar block of Bhojpur district on July 11,
1996, by suspected activists of Ranvir Sena, a private militia of land

The court had earlier acquitted 30 others named in the case for want
of sufficient evidence.

Around 70 Sena men had raided the village and killed 21 dalits, mostly
women and children.

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