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DATE=6/17/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA / MASSACRE (L) NUMBER=2-263570 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: In India's eastern state of Bihar, 34 people have been massacred in caste-related violence. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, this is the second incident of caste-related violence reported from the region in a week. TEXT: Police say armed gunmen dressed in black stormed the village of Miapur in Bihar early Saturday. They gunned down members of the low-caste Yadav community of cattle-herders after lining them up outside their homes. Many of the victims were old men, women and children, who could not hide or flee. More than a dozen people were seriously wounded in the attack on the remote village, which is only accessible by foot. Police officials are blaming the attack on a private militia of upper-caste landlords called the Ranvir Sena. The Ranvir Sena is used by feudal landlords in Bihar to terrorize peasants and lower-caste communities. According to the police, the latest killings appear to be in retaliation for the murder of 12 landlords six days ago. Landless farmers are believed to have been behind that attack. Authorities have sent about 400 police reinforcements to Miapur village, where tensions are running high. Angry villagers are complaining of lack of security. The police are also conducting raids in neighboring villages to trace the attackers. Caste violence claims scores of lives in Bihar every year. Revenge attacks are frequently reported between private militias used by rich landlords and Maoist guerrillas who say they represent the lower castes. The latest violence will increase political pressure on Bihar's chief minister, Rabri Devi, who is already facing opposition demands to step down for failing to tackle the escalating caste violence in the state. Since the beginning of June, more than 50 people have been killed in caste-related incidents. Bihar is India's poorest and most lawless state, with thousands of cases of murder and incidents of rioting reported every year. (Signed) NEB/AP/WTW 17-Jun-2000 07:52 AM EDT (17-Jun-2000 1152 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .