Arrested guard says he was linked to 1992 killings of 35 Bhumihars

A 65-year-old private security guard held over suspected role in a murder has reportedly said that he was linked to the Maoist attack of 1992 in which about 35 persons from the upper caste Bhumihar Brahmin community were killed in Bara village of Gaya,Bihar. The offence in this case was registered with the Tekari police […]

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: November 12, 2013 2:22:04 am

A 65-year-old private security guard held over suspected role in a murder has reportedly said that he was linked to the Maoist attack of 1992 in which about 35 persons from the upper caste Bhumihar Brahmin community were killed in Bara village of Gaya,Bihar. The offence in this case was registered with the Tekari police station in Gaya.

However,the Bihar police could not confirm his involvement in this attack as the papers pertaining to the case were destroyed when the Maoists allegedly set the Tikari police station on fire in 1996.

The Pune police are now worried that they would have to release the suspect. Meanwhile,the Bihar police would go to Gaya district court to collect details of the case and know whether the person held in Pune was named in it or not.

Acting on a tip-off,the Khadak police detained the private security from a spot in the city on Sunday late night. During interrogation,he introduced himself as Ram Janam Devilal Singh of Gaya in Bihar and told about his name figuring in the 1992 massacre .

An armed group of Maoist Community Center of India (MCCI),which later merged with People’s War Group during formation of CPI (Maoist),had killed 35 persons from the landowning upper caste Bhumihari Brahmin community on February 12,1992.

The FIR was lodged against 34 persons at Tekari police station on February 13,1992. After further investigation,chargesheet was filed against 119 persons,but only 13 persons were brought to trial and remaining were shown as absconders. The district court awarded death penalty to three alleged Maoists Vyas Kahar,Naresh Paswan and Mochi in this case. However,the apex court had acquitted Paswan and converted death sentence of other two accused to life imprisonment in September.

DySP Tanveer Ahmed of Gaya confirmed that Pune police have contacted them,but they do not have any records of the case. The Khadak police detained the security guard under section 151 of CrPC. But as per the provisions of this law,the suspect could not be detained for more than 24 hours.

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