An indefinite curfew was imposed in Ara town and red alert was
sounded in Bihar's four districts Friday, after unidentified
gunmen shot dead Brahmeshwar Singh 'Mukhiya', chief of the
outlawed Ranvir Sena, police said.
Singh, in his early 70s, was killed early Friday in Ara, the
district headquarters of Bhojpur, triggering violent protests by
his supporters and sympathisers who constituted the upper-caste
militia, according to police.
"The indefinite curfew has been imposed in view of a large-scale
arson in the town," a police official in Ara, about 60 km from
here, told IANS over phone.
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
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