Sonbhadra Massacre: Priyanka to visit family, Yogi assures strict action

Sonbhadra massacre

New Delhi, July 19: Big-time actions are happening in UP after the Sonbhadra massacre; while Congress' Priyanka Gandhi is visiting the aggrieved family, CM Yogi has assured strict action against the culprits

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will meet on Friday the family members of the victims belonging to the Gond community who died in a clash over land dispute in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra district.

Sonbhadra massacre

Senior party leaders said that Gandhi, who is also in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, will visit Ubhbha village of Ghoraval tehsil in the district.

Ten persons were killed and over 24 injured in clashes over a land dispute in Sonbhadra district on Wednesday. According to reports, the incident took place when a dispute arose over a piece of land between the Gujjar and Gond communities.

Police have so far arrested 26 people in connection with the case for the mass murder and is conducting raids to nab all the accused.

A case has been registered against 78 people in this connection, including 50 unidentified persons.

Sonbhadra massacreThe village head Yagdutt, his brother and others were charged under the SC/ST Act on the plea of a local named Lallu Singh.

According to police, two weapons used in the carnage have also been recovered. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also directed Director General of Police O.P. Singh to keep a close watch on the case. The police Thursday arrested the village headman whose henchmen opened fire, killing 10 people when villagers in Sonbhadra district tried to stop them from taking possession of a disputed piece of land, police said.With main suspect Yagya Dutt's arrest, the number of those held after Wednesday's shootout in Ubha village has risen to 26, police said.The police had earlier arrested his two nephews.

The village pradhan and his supporters had come on tractors to take over the land.When the villagers resisted, they allegedly opened fire killing nine on the spot. Another victim died later.Eighteen others were injured.

With Agencies, Pic Google