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6 Dalits massacred in Bihar
Our Correspondent


Patna, August 23
Armed men of the dreaded Jaynandan Yadav gang of the left wing ultra organisation, People’s War Group (PWG), killed six members of the Dalit community in Dasmai village of the Dhanarua police station area of the district late on Wednesday night.

The Inspector-General of police (Operations), Mr Neelmani, said armed gangsters of the PWG raided the village on Wednesday night and shot dead six persons of the Dalit community, including three children. One person who suffered gunshot injuries in the attack was being treated at Masaurhi Sadar Hospital, he informed.

The state Director-General of Police, Mr R.R. Prasad, the Home Secretary, Mr U.N. Panjiyar, could not be contacted. The DGP staff later, too, informed that he was in a meeting.

The police sources maintained that the massacre looked like a retaliation of the killing of three PWG activists by rival left wing ultra organisation, the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC), at Khainia village under Masaurhi subdivision in the district on August 6. The IG (Operations) maintained that the CRPF contingent had been dispatched to nab the killers.

Jaynandan Yadav gang’s hand was established in the killing of the six Dalits at Mathaurha village in the same subdivision on August 16. Then, too, the police team comprising CRPF men had combed the area but Jaynandan Yadav could not be arrested.

Jaynandan is believed to be a law unto itself in the area, the locals admit. In March this year, he had openly dared the might of the state government and could not be harmed. The Masaurhi legislator of the ruling RJD, Mr Dharmendra Yadav, had informed the state Assembly then in session that Jaynandan Yadav had threatened to kill him if the legislator failed to pay the ‘rangdari tax’ (extortion money) that he had demanded.

Union Minister and Lok Janashakti leader Ram Vilas Paswan demanded that an NDA team should be sent to Bihar to go into the massacre of Dalits there. He claimed that over 3,500 Dalits had been killed since the RJD came to power in the state.

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