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Teacher ploy to evade carnage heat

Incredible but true. A man charged with killing 34 persons was employed as a teacher in a government school in Kurtha block of Maoist-hit Arwal district in south-central Bihar.

The startling fact came to the fore after the arrest of Nan Butan Sharma, (40), one of the prime accused in the infamous Miyapur carnage, which claimed lives of 25 Yadavs and nine Dalits in 2000. Ranvir Sena, a private militia of landlords now almost defunct, had orchestrated the massacre in Aurangabad district.

Arwal superintendent of police (SP) Shafi-Ul-Haque said Sharma, a named accused in the case related to the mass killing at Miyapur, was employed as a teacher in an upgraded government middle school at Kurtha in Arwal district a few years ago. “He was doing the job by the name of Amrendra Sharma, a resident of Majhiawan village under the jurisdiction of the Manikpur police outpost in Arwal district,” he said.

The SP said a police team headed by the Manikpur station house officer Sudhanshu Kumar laid a trap around the school on Friday morning to arrest Sharma after it was confirmed that Armendra and Nan Butan were the same person. “He had managed to hoodwink the appointing authority because his name was mentioned as Nan Butan Sharma in the FIR,” Haq said.

Initially, Sharma tried to mislead the members of the raiding team but he subsequently gave up. “He is a hard nut to crack. But he admitted to his involvement in the massacre, which was carried out by the Ranvir Sena to avenge the killing of 33 members of Bhumihar community by the suspected armed cadres of the erstwhile Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) at Senari village in March 1999,” the SP added.

Haq did not rule out the complicity of the appointing authority in providing job to an accused in a massacre. “The residents of the area might be aware of Sharma’s appointment as a teacher in a government school. It is hard to believe that he was offered a government job without any police verification,” he said.

“The Manikpur police station house officer would be rewarded suitably for apprehending the accused,” Haq added.