Akhilesh hits out at BJP over Sonbhadra firing .... Blames land mafia for incident

Sonbhadra Firing

Sonbhadra (UP), July 17: Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav has hit out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the mass shooting in Sonbhadra district which has left more than a dozen people dead or injured.

Akhilesh, a former CM who was defeated by present incumbent Yogi Adityanath at the 2017 assembly elections, took to social media to criticise the state government's policies.

The SP president alleged that the land mafia is responsible for the incident and urged the state government to give proper compensation and justice to the victims.

Earlier on Wednesday, a village head and his supporters allegedly opened fire on a rival group over a land dispute in Ghorawal area in UP's Sonbhadra district, killing nine people, including three women, and leaving 19 injured, police said.

The incident occurred in Sapahi village. Two nephews of the village head have been arrested following the incident, UP police chief said.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the DGP to monitor the case and ensure effective action against the culprits, officials said.

Police said Sapahi village head Yagya Dutt and his supporters allegedly opened fire on the victims following a quarrel over a long pending land dispute, police said.

"Nine people have been killed and 19 injured in the incident of firing," District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal said.

The injured have been rushed to the hospital and some of them are in a critical condition.

Taking prompt note of the matter, the chief minister directed the district magistrate of Sonbhadra to provide immediate medical attention to the injured, an official spokesperson said in Lucknow.

"The CM has also directed the DGP to personally monitor the case and ensure effective action to catch the culprits," he added.

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