In connection with massacre occurred in Khagaria district on Thursday night, as many as sever persons have been arrested, among them alleged mastermind behind the attacks.
I N Mishra, Superintendent of Police, said that police arrested seven persons, including the mastermind O P Shah and detained more than 12 persons for interrogation.
“It is a major breakthrough in the investigation into the case,” he added.
As far as involvement of Naxalites in the carnage is concerned, Mishra said that it was still being investigation if the massacre was handiwork of CPI (Maoists) rebels.
It may be mentioned that on Thursday night, sixteen people, including five teenagers, belonging to backward classes were dragged out of their camps and gunned down by at Amosi Bharen late on Thursday night in Khagaria district.
The Maoists had carried out the attack with the intention of grabbing land belonging to the backward classes, ADG (HQ) Neelmani had said. The victims, who belonged to Koeri and Kurmi castes of Amdaicharua village, had put up camps there.
Ten persons were detained at Alauli police station in the district for interrogation yesterday.