Gaya, Feb 11: Three Naxalites were on Wednesday
sentenced to death in the Bara massacre case and three accused acquitted in connection with the slaughter of 35 upper caste Bhumihars 17 years ago in this Bihar district.
Gaya district and sessions judge Daroga Prasad,
designated the special Tada judge, pronounced Vyas Kahar,
Naresh Paswan and Yugal Mochi guilty of Maoist Communist
Centre (MCC) of involvement in the carnage and awarded them
the death penalty.
The court acquitted Tyagi Mahto, Vijay Yadav and
Madhusudan Sharma, saying the prosecution had failed to
establish the charge beyond reasonable doubt.
Armed hordes of the MCC had descended on Bara village
in Tekari police station limits on February 12, 1992 and
herded out 35 men to the bank of a nearby canal where their
hands were tied and their throats slit and left to bleed to
The victims were believed to be sympathisers of the
Ranvir Sena, a private militia of upper caste land owners,
engaged in a bloody feud with the banned ultra-left
organisation, which has since merged with the People`s War
group to form the CPI (Maoist).
Earlier on June 8, 2001, the special Tada court of the
then district and sessions judge of Gaya, Jawaharlal Chaudhary
had sentenced four persons -- Veer Kunwar Paswan, Krishna
Mochi, Dharu Singh and Nanhe Lal Mochi -- to death, four
others to life imprisonment, one to 10 years rigorous
imprisonment and let off another for want of evidence.
Those who were sentenced today were facing trial
separately as they had not been arrested along with those who
were convicted by the court in 2001.
The special court is still trying a MCC central
committee member Kirani Yadav, involved in several Naxalite
attacks including the audacious strikes on Pretshila police
outpost on September 17, 1998, in which eight policemen were
killed, and Paraiya police station in 2003 in which three
policemen were burnt alive.
A case had been registered against 35 named and over
100 unknown people in connection with the Bara massacre.
The then Lalu Prasad government had for the first time
invoked the provisions of TADA, now repealed, in a case of