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June 1, 2012

Ranvir Sena chief killed: Upper Caste militia leader Brahmeshwar Singh Mukhia shot soon after his acquittal for massacre of Dalits in Bihar

Brahmeshwar Singh
Brahmeshwar Singh, the chief of the Ranvir Sena, a private upper caste militia, that targeted Dalits and Maoists, was shot dead when he was on his morning walk in Bihar on Friday.

Unidentified persons pumped bullets into him in his native town in Bhojpur district near Patna, and escaped, while he died on spot. Ranvir Sena was a synonym of terror in Bihar for a decade though it had become less active in recent years.

Singh alias Mukhia, headed the dreaded Sena, which mainly protected the interest of landed Hindu upper castes (read Bhumihar Brahmins) and was involved in killing hundreds of innocents, mostly Scheduled Caste (SC) women and children.

Among the worst massacres were the Laxmanpur Bathe carnage where 61 persons were killed and Bathani Tola where 21 Dalits (formerly known as untouchables) were murdered. The terrorist group was involved in rape and other anti-Dalit atrocities in half-a-dozen Bihar districts including Jehanabad, Gaya, Bhojpur Aurangabad and Nawada.

Singh, who was founder and ideologue other than self-styled commander-in-chief of the Sena, had 16 cases against him. The court had acquitted him in April and he was released recently. There was tension in the area following Singh's death. Sporadic incidents of burning of vehicles was also reported from Mukhiya's murder.

TIH Bureau

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