CPI-ML(Liberation) sit-in to protest HC order
Patna: CPI-ML (Liberation) Monday held a sit-in demonstration at Kargil Chowk here to protest the recent Patna High Court order acquitting all 23 persons convicted in the Bathani Tola carnage in Bihar`s Bhojpur district.
Party activists led by its central committee member K D Yadav and state secretary Kunal staged the sit-in demonstration at the Kargil chowk here during the day.
State CPI-M Secretary Vijay Kant Thakur and Forward Bloc leaders were also present.
Talking to reporters, Yadav and Kunal described as "an eyewash" the Nitish Kumar government`s announcement to move Supreme Court against the High Court order.
Lambasting the Nitish Kumar government for `patronising feudal and criminal elements,` CPI-ML(Liberation) leaders said Supreme Court should take cognisance of 1996 Bathani Tola carnage case in which Patna High Court had set aside death sentence to three persons.
The HC had lst week set aside death sentence to three and life imprisonment to 20 others after a division bench of Justices Navniti Prasad Singh and Ashwini Kumar Singh allowed appeals against the conviction order of Bhojpur court on the ground that the prosecution failed to prove the involvement of the appellants in the crime beyond reasonable doubt.
The Bhojpur court had on May 3 convicted and sentenced three persons to death and 20 others to life imprisonment for the carnage in which 21 dalits were killed allegedly by the Ranvir Sena on July 11, 1996 at Bathani Tola in Bhojpur district.
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