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Ranvir Sena chief killed in Bihar

Ranvir Sena chief killed in Bihar
An indefinite curfew was imposed in the Ara town and red alert was sounded across Bihar on Friday, after unidentified gunmen shot dead Brahmeshwar Singh 'Mukhiya', chief of the outlawed Ranvir Sena, the police said. The state police chief has ordered a high-level probe into the killing.

Singh, in early 70s, was killed early Friday in Ara, the district headquarters of Bhojpur, triggering violent protests by his supporters and sympathisers who constituted the upper-caste militia, according to police. Singh, also known as Mukhiyaji, who faced life imprisonment in various murder cases, was acquitted and released from jail this year in April.

Some angry supporters manhandled the director general of police Abhyanand when he was coming out of Singh's house after meeting the family, but he was escorted out by security personnel. Abhyanand ordered a high-level probe into Singh's killing soon after he visited Ara. 'I have constituted three different teams of police officials to deal with the situation. The first team will look after investigations into the case, another team will look after law and order and the third team will go into the cause of the killing,' he told the media.

According to officials at police headquarters in Patna, a red alert has been sounded across the state and top officials were asked to keep close vigil in Jehanabad, Arwal, Aurangabad and Gaya districts. These four districts were the arena of bloody political rivalry between the Ranvir Sena and the outlawed Maoist groups the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) till early 2000.

The echoes of this killing were heard in Delhi too. Reacting to this incident, the Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury said, 'We are concerned, because any kind of killings like this are a matter of concern. There is no personal satisfaction in Ranbir Sena’s chief being killed. It should be investigated.'

There are demands of a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the incident. The Congress Working Committee member Shakeel Ahmed told the media that this incident should not be politicised.
Tania Ameer

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