New Delhi: With the murder of Brahmeshwar Singh ‘Mukhiya’, former chief of Bihar’s banned upper caste militia, Ranvir Sena, on early Friday morning, it is largely being speculated that Bihar can witness resurgence of the caste conflict which had come to an end a decade back. The news of his murder spread like a wild fire in the entire central Bihar region.

Blaming the government for poor law and order condition in the state, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan also demanded the CBI probe in the matter.

Commenting on the issue, CPI MLA Awadesh Kumar Rai also appealed to the masses to maintain peace and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

Erstwhile Chief Minister Lalu Yadav in 1995 put a ban on the Ranvir Sena and later Mukhia was arrested in 2002 during the Rabri Devi regime. He was facing life imprisonment and was acquitted and released from the jail in April this year.

Just after the formation of Ranvir Sena in 1994, Mukhia had acquired prominence in the state as an anti-naxal hero in the state. The murder of Mukhia is certainly going to ignite the conflict between the upper castes and lower castes particularly in central Bihar. However, social scientists disagree with it saying that upper castes have no enmity with the lower castes. The present conflict will no longer continue in the state.

In the past, the Ranvir Sena committed several ghastly mass murders in the state. The right-wing upper caste landlord militia carries out actions against people of Dalit castes.

The right-wing outfit killed 10 workers in Haibaspur on the 23 March 1997. They wrote the name of the organisation in blood on the village walls before they left.

The Ranvir Sena also organized the mass murder of the people of Dalit castes on 11 July 1996 killing 21 people in Bathani Tola, Bhojpur in Bihar.

JPN

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