Hundreds of newly-elected panchayat representatives of the CPI-ML (Liberation) on Friday staged a 'Raj Bhavan march' to press for revival of the disbanded Amir Das Commission probing alleged links between politicians and the outlawed Ranvir Sena.
A delegation of party leaders submitted a memorandum to RJM Pillai, Principal Secretary to Governor RS Gavai, who was away from the state capital. Withdrawal of cases under TADA against some partymen was another key demand of the activists.
In the memorandum, the party alleged that the NDA government decided to disband the Amir Das Commission, which had probed alleged nexus between the politicians and Sena under "sheer desperation" and urged the Governor to ask the state government to revive the Commission to enable it to complete the enquiry and submit the final report.
The Commission was constituted by the erstwhile RJD government after the December 1997 killing of 63 Dalits by the Ranvir Sena, a private militia of landlords at Laxmanpur Bathe village in Jehanabad district.
The memorandum also demanded that the Governor order review of, what the CPI-ML described as "forged and fabricated case lodged with Arwal police station under TADA in which 14 party activists were undergoing life imprisonment."
Hundreds of newly-elected district councillors, pramukhs, village heads, panchayat committee members, sarpanchs owing allegiance to the CPI(ML) participated in the march, which was jointly led by senior party leaders Rameshwar Prasad and Arun Singh.