ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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BIHAR

Marachi Massacre Arun Sinha THE ease with which a mahanth's mercenaries gunned down four women farm workers in Marachi hamlet of Hilsa "block in Nalanda district on November 27 goes to show the power of the feudal lords in the Bihar countryside. In a typically clever move, these mercenaries filed a counter-report with the police charging that the victims, along with thousands of others, had invaded the mahanth's farm to loot his ripe paddy crop and had fired "hun- dreds of shots" at them. It is surprising, to say the least, that all these shots missed the target. Two days after the killings when I visited Marachi, there was no trace of any of these shots to be found anywhere. The mahanth\s people were all hale and hearty.

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