A day-long curfew was today clamped on this district headquarter town in Bhojpur district as tension escalated following the gunning down of Brahmeshwar Singh, chief of now-defunct private militia Ranvir Sena.
Bramheshwar Singh aka Mukhiyaji, the head of banned Private Army Ranvir Sena, was killed today morning around 6 AM. He was on his Morning Walk when few unidentified Gunmen shot several rounds of Bullet. He succumbed on the spot. This incident took place at Katira Mohalla under Nawada police station, 71 kms from Patna.
“We have imposed a day-long curfew on Ara town,” Sub-divisional officer Dharmesh Kumar said.
Prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC were also enforced in the district after the killing of Singh alias Mukhiyaji.
Kumar said the situation is tense, but under control.
According to officials at police headquarters in Patna, a red alert has been sounded in Jehanabad, Arwal, Aurangabad and Gaya districts. These four districts were the stronghold of Ranvir Sena and its rivals – outlawed Maoist groups and the Communist Party of India (Marxist Lenenist) – till early 2000.
“Singh was shot dead by unidentified gunmen when he was on a morning walk near his residence,” a police official said.
Soon after the news of Singh’s killing spread, his angry supporters attacked police vehicles, dairy vehicles and government offices in Ara. The circuit house in the town was set on fire, the official said.
Top district officials, including the superintendent of police, who reached the spot to assess and check the situation, were chased away by the protestors, the official added.
The supporters did not allow police to take Singh’s body for an autopsy and blocked roads, demanding arrest of the culprits behind his killing, the official said.
The district administration has deployed security forces in the town.