Nine people, including three women, have been shot dead in a village in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district, over a land dispute. 19 others have been injured in the shootout. Two people have been arrested in connection with the firing.
The incident took place in the Ubha village in the district, where a village chief, identified as Yagya Dutt, had purchased 36 acre agricultural land two years ago. Today, he and his associates went to take possession of the land. The villagers opposed the village chief after which his men allegedly opened fire at them, police said.
“The pradhan (village) brought along many people in tractors and started ploughing his land. The villagers started opposing it. At this point, he and his men started firing indiscriminately at the villagers,” Salmantaj Patil, the police chief of Sonbhadra, said.
“It is an incident in the remote area in Ghorawal, village Ubha. The pradhan purchased 90 bigha (36 acres) land two years ago. Today he went with some of his allies to take possession (of the land). Local villagers opposed. As a result, they (village chief’s men) opened fire causing death of nine villagers, including three women,” another senior police officer told NDTV.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of the incident and has expressed his condolences to the families of the people who have died. He has directed the district magistrate to provide immediate medical attention to the injured. He has also directed the state’s police chief to personally monitor the case and ensure effective action to catch the culprits.
With inputs from PTI
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