Even as a total lockdown remained in place across the country, including Uttar Pradesh, reports of clashes poured in from districts that left one dead in Mainpuri and a dozen others injured in Bulandshahr and Maharajganj.
In Mainpuri, Dharmendra Pratap of Kairawali hamlet of Karhal police station area had a land-related dispute with his neighbour Dileep Yadav. On Monday evening, while Dharmendra and his brother Neeraj were working in the fields, Dileep and his family members went there and abused them. This led too a verbal duel that ended in a clash in which sticks and rods were freely used.
The incident took an ugly turn when Dileep opened fire, critically injuring Neeraj. He was rushed to district hospital where the doctors pronounced him dead upon arrival.
Later, Dharmendra lodged a report against Dileep Yadav, his father Hanumant Yadav and brothers Nirmal Yadav, Ram Niwas, Ram Sewak and three unknown aides.
A case was registered and efforts were being made to arrest them.
Elsewhere in Bulandshahr, Captain PK Sharma from Mudhibakapur area of Palibegpur was having an old property-related dispute with Kisan Pratap of Bhawasi locality. Sharma, who is principal of Amar Singh Inter College in Lakhawati area, enjoyed good clout and was trying to grab a portion of agriculture land owned by Kisan Pratap.
On Monday afternoon, Sharma and his henchmen tried to grab the land after which Kisan’s kin Virendra and other family members, who were working in the field at that time, opposed. But Sharma and his aides attacked them in which Virendra, Lala, Hanumant Singh, Giriraj, Dinesh Sharma, Prashant, Sumit and two others were injured. Luckily some villagers came to rescue of the victim after which Sharma and his aides fled.
A case was registered and action was being taken against the accused.
In Maharajganj, two groups from Mednipur area of Ghughli clashed over an old dispute on Monday night. The situation took an ugly turn when one of them opened fire, critically injuring Vijay (22). Nine others also suffered injuries and were shifted to hospital.
ASP Ashutosh Shukla, who reached the spot with a heavy police force, later raided several places but failed to nab the accused.
A case was registered and efforts were on the nab the accused.