Woman among six killed in Deoria over land row between 2 families

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Woman among six killed in Deoria over land row between 2 families

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 | PNS | Lucknow


In a sensational incident, just a day after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hailed the law and order situation of Uttar Pradesh, six people, including a woman, were allegedly murdered in Deoria district over a long-standing land dispute between two families.
The incident triggered panic in the area, prompting police to deploy additional force there. Senior police officials, including Principal Secretary (Home) Sanjay Prasad and Special DG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar visited the spot along with other senior officials and claimed to have detained 14 persons for interrogation so far.
The investigation revealed that the incident happened in Fatehpur village situated near the Rudrapur police station area of Deoria district. The dispute between the two families had been festering for several years, fuelling the animosity between them. Among the victims were former district panchayat members.
Preliminary reports suggest that the violence erupted when former district panchayat member Prem Yadav was beaten to death in Lehra Tola of Fatehpur on Monday morning. Subsequently, an enraged crowd gathered at the house of the accused and murdered Satyaprakash Dubey in revenge. The fury of the mob did not subside there, as four innocent people from Dubey’s family, including his wife Kiran Dubey (52), daughters Saloni (18) & Nandini (10), and son Gandhi (15), were also killed.
The mob did not spare Satyaprakash’s 8-year-old child Anmol either and attacked him. His condition was said to be critical.
Chaos engulfed the entire village, prompting a swift response from the authorities. A huge number of police personnel were despatched to the scene to restore peace and collect crucial evidence.
Special Director General of Police, Law and Order, Prashant Kumar said that Yadav visited Satyaprakash’s house where a heated argument between them resulted in the killing of the former and some of his family members by Satyaprakash’s family using a sharp weapon. In retaliation, Satyaprakash’s house was attacked by people from Prem’s neighbourhood. The mob used sharp-edged weapons and also opened fire with country-made pistols to eliminate Satyaprakash’s family.
Taking to X (formerly Twitter), Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath extended condolences to the kin of the deceased and said that the culprits would not be spared.
“I have directed the ADG, commissioner and IG to reach the spot and take stern action against the accused. I have also asked the district administration to provide for the proper treatment of the injured. The culprits will not be spared,” he posted.

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