Ram Narayan Mahto was allegedly murdered in police custody
The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has sought a probe report from the State police on the 2009 killing of Ram Narayan Mahto, chief of the Madhesh Rashtra Janatantrik Party-Revolutionary — a radical armed group fighting for an independent state of Terai along Nepal's southern belt.
Mr. Mahto was found dead in Siraha district in Nepal on the night of July 19, 2009. While the police version claimed that Mr. Mahto was killed in an incident of cross-firing, there was considerable consternation among sections of civil society who contended that he was murdered in police custody.
Acting on a petition filed by his brother Premlal, the BHRC has sought an enquiry report from the Inspector-General of Darbhanga division into the events that led to Ram Narayan alias Manager Mahto's death, with particular emphasis on the Bihar police's alleged role in handing him over to Nepalese security agencies.
Speaking to The Hindu, BHRC panel member Neelmani said orders had been issued to inquire into the role of the-then Jaynagar police station officer, who allegedly handed Mr. Mahto over to the Nepal police. “The petition alleges illegal connivance of the Bihar police. This is a very serious affair and I have accordingly issued preliminary directions to the IG (Darbhanga zone) to enquire into the matter,” he said.