After a long hiatus of nine years Bihar has witnessed another massacre in which 16 people were killed in Khagaria district, 140 KM away from Patna. The incident took place in the wee hours of Thursday night which sent shiver down the spine of whole State
16 killed in a massacre in BiharFrom Prashant KumaarMerinews (Patna)--After a long hiatus of nine years Bihar has witnessed another massacre in which 16 people were killed in Khagaria district, 140 KM away from Patna. The incident took place in the wee hours of Thursday night which sent shiver down the spine of whole State machinery. Land dispute is said to be the reason behind the massacre. One suspected has been nabbed in this connectionAccording to villagers almost 24 persons equipped with rifles descended on the Amousi village after midnight where 21 villagers were asleep guarding their cultivated land cattleheads. The miscreants woke the villagers up tied their hands and shot them in the heads. Fortunately four villagers sensing the bloodbath fled from the scene taking the advantage darkness while one Paroo Singh however survived as he pretended dead lying on the ground.Police has started combing operation in the area and the border of Khagaria district has been sealed, however, tension is prevailing in the entire area.
State IG (Operation) SK Bhardwaj, Bhagalpur Range IG AR Kinni, Munger IG Amit Kumar among several police personnel are camping in the area. State DGP Anand Shankar after returning from the area said that it seems land dispute is the reason behind killings though involvement of Naxal activities can not bee ruled out. He said that police is investigating the incident from all possible angles. State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar while denouncing the incident said that stringent action will be taken against culprits. They will not be spared at any cost. He said that Rs 1.50 lakhs will be awarded to the next of the kin of the deceased.This is to be recalled here that Bihar has not witnessed any massacre since 2000 when at least 54 persons belonging to Yadav caste were mowed down in Aurangabad district in a revenge to the killings of an equal number of Bhumihar caste in Jehanabad district in 1999