Patna: A retired judge of the Patna High
Court who probed the nexus between politicians and Ranvir
Sena, a private militia of landlords responsible for the 1997
Laxmanpur Bathe carnage in Jehanabad district, Thursday claimed
that the "masterminds" were currently in power in Bihar.
Retired Justice Amir Das, who headed the Amir Das
Commission instituted in 1998 by the Rabri Debi government and
wounded up by the Nitish Kumar government, told a news agency from Jamshedpur, "There are several patrons in power in Bihar who
masterminded the massacre of 58 innocent Dalits at Laxmanpur
Bathe on December 1, 1997 and are going scot-free."
Several politicians in power now had deposed before the
Commission, he said "which had enough evidence on record to
prove that the real perpetrators were in collusion with the
The Commission, which started proceedings in 2001 after
being constituted in 1998, was allowed to file an interim
report, but was disbanded in January 2006 shortly after the
NDA came to power in Bihar.
"The Commission was disbanded without assigning any
reason though we were in the midst of preparing our final
report to submit before the state government," he said.
The step, he alleged, was taken "obviously to save the
skins of the real perpetrators now in the government."
Wednesday, a court had sentenced 16 of the 26 convicted
in the case to death and ten others to life imprisonment.
Das claimed the verdict in the case would have been
different had the Commission been allowed to complete its
inquiries into the criminal-politician-Sena nexus.
Among those who were examined were BJP leader Murli
Manohar Joshi, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Dr C P
Thakur and Water Resources Rameshray Prasad Singh in the
Nitish Kumar cabinet, official sources said.
The Nitish Kumar government had disbanded the Commission
saying that even after nine long years; it had failed to
submit the final report though a huge amount was spent.
Das, however, said "although the Commission was notified
in December 1997 shortly after the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre, I
got the letter only in March 1998."
He suggested the state government should revive the
Commission and appoint a judicial officer as its chairman
afresh who would go into the evidence and facts for giving
final touches to the report.
The Patna High Court on July 2, 2007 had directed the
state government to take action as per the recommendations of
Amir Das Inquiry Commission to probe the links of political
leaders with the banned Ranvir Sena for the Lakshmanpur Bathe