Bhojpur killings: 3 get death sentence, 20 life term

A Bihar court Wednesday pronounced the quantum of sentence in Bhojpur`s Bathani Tola massacre in 1996.

Updated: May 12, 2010, 14:45 PM IST

ARA: A Bihar court Wednesday sentenced three persons to death and 20 others to life imprisonment in connection with the kiling of 21 Dalits at Bathani Tola in Bhojpur district in 1996.

Additional District and Sessions Judge A K Srivastava announced the quantum of punishment today.

On May 5 the court had found the accused guilty of killing the dalits at Bathani Tola under Sahar block of Bhojpur district on July 11, 1996. The accused were suspected activists of Ranvir Sena, a private militia of land owners.

The court had earlier acquitted 30 others named in the case for want of sufficient evidence.

Around 70 Sena men had raided the village and killed 21 dalits, mostly women and children.