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Bathe massacre accused gets life

Patna, Dec. 5: Additional district and sessions judge Anil Kumar Singh on Thursday sentenced Dharma Singh, one of the main accused in the Lakshmanpur Bathe massacre case, to life imprisonment.

The Patna civil court had on April 7, 2010, handed down death sentence to 16 accused, while 10 were given life imprisonment in the massacre case. Dharma Singh, who was on the run, too, was awarded death sentence when the quantum was pronounced in his absentia. Dharma was on bail at that time.

Patna High Court, on October 9, 2013, acquitted all the accused persons excluding Singh, while hearing appeals on a bunch of petitions challenging the lower court verdict. But Singh could not get the reprieve, as he did not file a criminal appeal.

Singh was arrested by Jehanabad police in Patna in the first week of September 2013, much before the high court acquitted all the convicts in the case.

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