The Patna High Court on Friday acquitted 11 persons accused in the Nagari Bazaar massacre case in which 10 Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) supporters were killed in Bihar’s Bhojpur district in 1998

A court in Ara, Bhojpur, in 2010 sentenced three of the accused to death while sentencing eight others to life. The perpetrators, allegedly from the Ranvir Sena, reportedly surrounded a village on the night of November 11, 1998, and gunned down the 10 CPI (M-L) supporters. The incident was part of an ongoing war between the Sena and the CPI (M-L) during the bloody 1990s.

A Division Bench of Justices Amaresh Kumar Lal and V.N. Sinha acquitted the 11 on the ground of “lack of adequate evidence”, said Kanhaiya Prasad Singh, defence lawyer of four accused in the case, to The Hindu . “The court found that the evidence proffered was false and there was no eyewitness in the case,” he said.