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10 get death penalty for Senari massacre (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

District Court awarded death sentence and imprisonment in Senari massacre:
Seventeen years after the Senari massacre in Bihar, a local court awarded the death sentence to 10 and life imprisonment to three accused in the case.
The sentence of the remaining two absconding accused will be pronounced later, the judge said.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs.1 lakh on each of the three life convicts.

The court also directed the State government to pay Rs.5 lakh ex gratia to the kin of each person killed in the massacre and to deposit the money with the district legal service authority.

Background
As a caste war raged in central Bihar in the 1990s, an erstwhile Maoist group had killed 34 upper caste men belonging to the Bhumihar community, on March 18, 1999, in the Senari village of Jehanabad district in central Bihar. It was one of the biggest caste massacres of Bihar which drew international attention.

Upper district and session’s judge of the civil court on October 27 had acquitted 23 persons, while convicting 15 others in the case.

A woman, Chintamani Devi, whose husband and son were among those massacred by the MCC ultras, was the complainant in the case.

 

 



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