65-yr-old claims he was part of Bihar Naxal attack 20 years ago

Published: 12 November, 2013 01:45 IST | Salil Urunkar |

Ramjanam Singh says he was involved in the attack carried out in Baragaon village in 1992, in which 35 people were killed; Khadak cops yet to ascertain Singh's claim

Khadak police station officials detained a 65-year-old man after he claimed his involvement in a major Naxal attack in Baragaon village in Bihar in 1992, wherein 35 persons were killed.

Police officials, however, are yet to ascertain his claims as the documents related to the case were destroyed by Naxalites in another attack in 1996 in which the set the police station on fire.

The suspect was identified as Ramjanam Devilal Singh (65), who originally hails from Gaya in Bihar. Singh works as a security guard at a complex located in the jurisdiction of Khadak police station, and Singh confessed to his self-confessed involvement in the two-decade-old Naxal attack while being questioned by the police regarding a local case.

A senior official from the Khadak police station said, “Singh’s claims will be verified on Tuesday, on basis of the documents available at the Gaya District and Sessions Court.

Till then he will be under surveillance because the police cannot detain a suspect for more than 24 hours. When we contacted the Tekari police station, officials told us that no documents related to the case were available as the Naxalites had burnt down the police station in 1996,” he said. 

The attack
Naxalites had killed 35 persons of the upper caste Bhumi Hara community in Baragaon in Bihar in 1992, in which Singh as allegedly involved. A criminal case was lodged in this regard at the Tekari police station following 13 persons arrested and a total of 119 were chargesheeted in the case. The Sessions Court convicted nine suspects and sentenced them to death. But the judgment was challenged in the high court, which commuted the death sentence of the convicts to life imprisonment. 

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