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Senari massacre

Date: 15 July 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments

Issue

The acquittal of accused in the Senari massacre of 1999 has been challenged by the Bihar government in Supreme Court.

 

Background

The Senari massacre was killing of several upper caste men by Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) in Jehanabad district.

 

Details

  • The incident was a culmination of long caste wars between upper caste groups and cadres of Maoists in the area.

  • There was constant clash between private army of higher castes and MCC, especially with Ranbir Sena of Barmeshwar Mukhiya.

 

The trials

  • The court of Jehanabad gave death sentence to 11 and life sentence to other three. The accused moved to Patna high court.

  • The High Court said that there was not enough evidence against the accused to punish them. All the accused were acquitted.

  • The court said that prosecution’s case was completely dependent on eye witnesses, whose testimony was not reliable to award punishment.

 

Caste killings in Bihar

  • Caste killings in Bihar were a common sight during the 90s and early 2000s. Majority of casualty were innocent citizens having no real role in events.

  • The caste massacres were followed by left wing extremism. Police were unable to prevent killings and their only aim was to collect dead bodies.