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Ex-PM, ex-FM aided Ranveer Sena in killings of Dalits in Bihar: Cobrapost film

The film purportedly shows six Ranveer Sena commanders admitting their complicity in six major killings of Dalits in central Bihar between 1995 and 1997, which left 144 dead.

A former Prime Minister and a former Finance Minister allegedly helped the Ranveer Sena to acquire weapons and finances, according to a documentary film screened by investigative news portal Cobrapost.

The film purportedly shows six Ranveer Sena commanders admitting their complicity in six major killings of Dalits in central Bihar between 1995 and 1997, which left 144 dead. Two of these commanders were reportedly set free by the Patna High Court due to lack of evidence.

“While a former Prime Minister purportedly helped them get modern lethal weapons such as LMGs, SLRs and semi-automatic rifles the Indian Army rejects and sells as scrap, a former Finance Minister apparently helped the outfit with finances,” said Cobrapost.

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The Cobrapost investigation ‘Operation Black Rain’ lists the killings in Sarthua (1995), Bathani Tola (1996), Laxmanpur Bathe (1997), Shankar Bigha (1999), Miyanpur (2000) and Ikwari (1997).

The documentary purportedly shows Siddhnath, reported to be an aide of Ranveer Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh Mukhiya, admitting his involvement in the killings and alleging the support of a former PM. “…(Laxmanpur) Bathe, Shankar Bigha, third was Narayanpur, fourth Miyanpur, fifth Hyderpur and sixth Jalpura,” he purportedly says in the film, listing the sites of the killings.

According to Cobrapost, Ranveer Sena commander Chandkeshwar Singh was sentenced to life by the lower courts in the Laxmanpur Bathe case, but let off by the High Court in October 2013. In the documentary, he purportedly admits his involvement in the Bathani Tola case. “Teen baja aur humara Sena goli chalana chaloo kar di. Teen baje din mein, narsanghar kar diya… wahan police chowki bhi tha (As the clock struck 3, the Sena began firing. It was 3 pm… the massacre was carried out… there was a police chowki too),” he purportedly says.

Another commander, Pramod Singh, reportedly admitted his involvement in the Miyanpur incident in which 32 were killed, “It was a pro-Naxal village and was thus a Ranveer Sena target. We executed that massacre,” he purportedly says, adding that a former finance minister provided political support.

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“We had worked out a strategy to execute massacres across 50 villages in a single day to wake up the government… Otherwise, the government would always think that there are only minorities, most backward and backwards in this country… no other castes other than them,” Ravindra Chaudhury purportedly claims.

Arvind Singh, a former Ranveer Sena strongman from Ikwari, purportedly says: “Yes, there were two massacres in Ikwari in which seven people and nine people were killed.” He claims that both the killings were carried out by local Bhumihar villagers. “We killed about 50-60 people in Laxmanpur Bathe,” Bhola Rai, who lives incognito with his family in Tata Nagar, purportedly says.

First published on: 18-08-2015 at 05:00 IST
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