Ranvir Sena chief shot dead in Bihar

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 01, 2012 11:05 hrs

Patna, June 1 (IBNS) Brahmeshwar Singh, the chief of the right-wing upper caste landlord militia Ranvir Sena, was shot dead on Friday morning in his home town in Bihar's Ara under Bhojpur district.

Police said he was taking a morning walk when some unidentified gunmen shot him dead at Katira Mohalla under Nawada police station.

Singh was released from jail last year July.

Soon after the killing, heavy police deployment was made in Ara since his killing can trigger fresh violence between the upper and lower castes in Bihar, a spectre that

The banned Ranvir Sena was formed by Bhumihar Brahmin landlords. It was formed to curb the Dalits and other members of the scheduled caste community as well as the Maoists.

The Ranvir Sena have been accused of massacres, rapes and other crimes, especially in the 1990s.

From Bhojpur district where it was formed, the Ranvir Sena spread to Jahanabad, Patna, Rohtas, Aurangabad, Gaya, Bhabhua and Buxar districts.

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