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Accused in Bihar caste massacre arrested

Patna: The prime accused in the Miyanpur caste massacre in Bihar in 2000, belonging to the outlawed Ranvir Sena outfit, has been arrested, police said.

Ambuj Sharma had been absconding and was arrested by a joint team of the state police and special task force, police said. In Miyanpur village of Aurangabad district, at least 34 backward caste Dalits and Yadavs were dragged from their beds, lined up and murdered mercilessly in June 2000. Later police confirmed the hand of the upper caste militia Ranvir Sena behind the massacre and identified Sharma as the prime accused. It was the last major caste massacre in the state.

“Sharma, wanted by police for his involvement in the Miyanpur massacre, was arrested near the house of a Janata Dal-United legislator Tuesday,” a police official said. Police said he was involved in other caste massacres as well, including one in Jehanabad district. After his arrest, Sharma was taken to Aurangabad for interrogation. Police suspect he was planning another massacre and that is why he was visiting Patna.