Will Supreme Court acquits 'Senari massacre' accused? 34 people were killed
Will Supreme Court acquits 'Senari massacre' accused? 34 people were killed
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has accepted the Bihar government's plea on the Senari Massacre. The Bihar government had filed a petition in the apex court against the Patna High Court's decision to acquit all the accused. The apex court has asked the Bihar government to first copy the petition to all the 13 acquitted accused. It has also directed all to issue notices. The Patna High Court had on May 22 acquitted 13 accused convicted by a lower court for want of evidence. He also ordered the release of all of them from jail immediately.

Earlier, the district court had sentenced 10 convicts to death and three to life imprisonment. The district court's verdict was quashed by a bench of Patna High Court justices Ashwini Kumar and Arvind Srivastava. A total of 70 persons were made accused in the case, out of which 4 have died. The Bihar government had sought a stay on the high court order and appealed to the Supreme Court to direct all the 13 accused to surrender till the case is disposed of.

What is senari massacre ?
On the night of March 18, 1999, the village of Senari was surrounded by militants of the banned naxaloutfit Maoist Communist Centre (MCC). 500-600 militants had entered the village in the dark of the night and dragged the men out of their homes. They were divided into three groups and taken out of the village. According to media reports, all the men were strangled and their stomachs cheered in turn. According to a report, 34 people were killed in the massacre. It was reported that all those who died in the massacre were bhumihars.

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