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Bihar Govt. orders CBI probe into killing of Ranvir Sena chief

June 6, 2012 - Patna

The Government of Bihar on Wednesday recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into the killing of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh alias Mukhiya.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi had earlier rejected a demand for a CBI probe, saying the state police would handle the case better.

"There is nothing extraordinary about a CBI enquiry. The Bihar police is more capable than the CBI in investigating any kind of case, especially criminal cases like this one. The people are aware of how the CBI has handled the cases entrusted to it in the past," Modi said.

Brahmeshwar Singh, the founder of the Ranvir Sena, a militia of big landholders and middle peasants in South Bihar plains Ranvir Sena, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Bihar's Bhojpur District on Friday morning. Singh was on a morning walk near his house when the unidentified assailants shot him.

Mukhiya, who was earlier facing life imprisonment in various carnage cases, was acquitted and released from jail in April this year.

Ranvir Sena is a right-wing upper-caste landlord militia mainly based in Bihar, India. This group is thought to be formed by Bhumihar Brahmin landlords. It carries out actions against Dalits and other members of the scheduled caste community as well as the Naxalites. The Ranvir Sena has been connected to many murders, rapes and thefts.

The Ranvir Sena has committed violent acts against Naxalite sympathisers and other members of the militant communist party. The Bihar Government banned the Ranvir Sena in July 1995 and since then the Ranvir Sena remains proscribed.


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