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23 convicted in Bihar carnage case

Fourteen years after 21 Dalits were killed, a local court has convicted 23 people for the carnage in Bathani Tola in Bihar's Bhojpur district.

india Updated: May 06, 2010 11:25 IST

Fourteen years after 21 Dalits were killed, a local court has convicted 23 people for the carnage in Bathani Tola in Bihar's Bhojpur district.

The court aquitted 30 others named in the case for lack of evidence.

Additional District and Sessions Judge A K Srivastava found 23 people guilty on Wednesday of killing the Dalits in Sahar block on July 11, 1996 by suspected activists of Ranvir Sena, a private militia of upper caste land owners.

Quantum of punishment will be pronounced on May 12.

Around 70 Sena men had raided the village and slaughtered 21 Dalits, mostly women and children.