Lok Jan Shakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan will seek the intervention of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to get justice for the Dalits massacred in Laxmanpur Bathe after the Patna High Court acquitted all the accused.

Mr. Paswan put the blame on the State government for not substantiating the charges against the accused. “If all of them were innocent, then who butchered the Dalits on that fateful night of December 1, 1997? There has to be someone who perpetrated the mayhem.”

He regretted that the government had failed to investigate the case impartially and gather evidence speedily. The court ruling only underscored how serious the Nitish Kumar government was in doing justice to Mahadalits in the State, he said.

Correction

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A quote in It is State government's failure, says Paswan (Oct. 11, 2013) read: “If all of them were innocent, then who butchered the Dalits on that fateful night of December 1, 1977? …” The year is 1997 .