A sting operation by an investigative news portal, Cobrapost, has revealed that Ranveer Sena, the dreaded private militia outfit of upper caste men in Bihar, was aided by the BJP. With the Bihar Assembly election around the corner, the timing of the sting could not have been worse for the BJP.
In a year-long investigation code-named Operation Black Rain, Cobrapost has recorded statements of six operatives of the Ranveer Sena confessing to their involvement in six major massacres of Dalits in central Bihar — Bathani Tola, Laxmanpur Bathe, Shankar Bigha, Miyanpur and Ikwari; killing as many as 144 people including women and children. They further revealed that the outfit was supported by the BJP including the then Prime Minister (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) and the training for the militants was provided by the army men, retired or on leave.
The six militants — Chandkeshwar alias Chandreshwar, Pramod Singh, Bhola Singh, Arvind Kumar Singh, Siddhnath Singh and Ravindra Chaudhry — were set free by the courts for their involvement in the massacre. Chandkeshwar and Pramod Singh were acquitted by the Patna High Court, while Bhola Singh, Arvind Kumar Singh and Siddhnath Singh were let off the hook by the lower courts. Bhola Singh is still wanted by the Bihar Police and is hiding in Tata Nagar in Jharkhand, reveals the sting footage.
The Cobrapost team also tracked down Upendra Magiha who is alleged to have killed at least a hundred Dalits while commanding the Sena death squads on such missions.
HISTORY OF RANVEER SENA
Ranveer Sena was formed in 1994 by Dharicharan Singh of Belaur village in Bhojpur district of Bihar to counter the rising unrest among farm labourers who had started protesting against the exploitation meted out to them by the landlords. It was a private military outfit of upper caste landlords (mostly Bhumihar and Rajputs) formed with the aim of wiping out the Dalit farm labourers who had organised under the banner of Communist Party of India, Marxist-Lenninist (CPI-ML).