UP: 9 killed, several injured in Sonbhadra shooting

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17 Jul 2019

UP: 9 shot dead, 25 injured in gunfight over land-dispute

At least nine people were shot dead and 25 others were injured when an alleged land dispute in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra led to a gunfight between two parties.

The deceased reportedly included six men and three women and the injured were taken to a hospital in Varanasi. The firing took place in Ubbha village of Ghorawal in Sonbhadra district on Wednesday.

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Details

The shootout at Ubbha lasted nearly for an hour

The gunfight at Ubbha village in the Sonbhadra district reportedly lasted for an hour. According to a police officer, a property dispute between the two groups triggered the shootout.

Members of both the groups later pulled out country-made pistols and opened fire; they also used sharp weapons to attack each other.

Two people were reportedly killed in the past over the same dispute.

DM's statement

Sonbhadra District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal on the incident

Sonbhadra District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal on the incident

Sonbhadra District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal said, "The sub-divisional magistrate and the superintendent of police are on the spot."

"Nine people have been brought to the district hospital until now; of these, some are injured and some are dead. However, the final number of deaths can be confirmed only after all the ambulances carrying the dead bodies reach the district hospital," he added.

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The incident

About 100 people were involved in the clash: Agarwal

As many as 100 people were involved in the clash over a land dispute between two groups in Ubbha village, Agarwal told UP-based news channel Bharat Samachar.

The District Magistrate and SP Salman Taj Patil, along with heavy police force, reached the incident site immediately after the incident, following which the situation was brought under control.

Land dispute

Dispute related to land bought by the village head: DGP

Dispute related to land bought by the village head: DGP

Uttar Pradesh's Director General of Police, OP Singh, said the dispute is related to a piece of 90-bigha land that village head had bought from an IAS officer.

"Pradhan (village head) purchased this land two years ago and went there with allies to take possession of the land when villagers protested," he said, adding that a case was registered and five people were arrested.

Here's what the UP DGP said about the incident

UP CM

UP CM Yogi Adityanath takes cognizance of the incident

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of the shooting in Sonbhadra and also conveyed his condolences to the family of the victims.

He has directed the Sonbhadra District Magistrate to provide immediate medical attention to those who were injured.

The Chief Minister further directed the DGP to monitor the case personally and ensure strict action against those involved.

CM Adityanath's orders to Sonbhadra DM Agarwal and DGP

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