Death sentence for three Naxals in Bara massacre case
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 00:00
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 death.

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 The then Lalu Prasad government had for the first time invoked the provisions of TADA, now repealed, in a case of Naxalite attack.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 00:00

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