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Three killed, six injured in clash over land dispute in Deoria

An attempt to build a wall around a petrol pump next to a Hanuman temple was opposed by villagers who accused the owner of encroachment.

cities Updated: Oct 14, 2017 23:10 IST
HT Correspondent
The tension began around 11am when a group of villagers asked a petrol pump owner to stop construction work.
The tension began around 11am when a group of villagers asked a petrol pump owner to stop construction work.(AFP File Photo)

Three people were killed and at least six others injured in firing and brick batting between two groups in Deoria’s Sarura village on Saturday morning .

The incident occurred when an attempt to build a boundary wall around a petrol pump located next to a Hanuman temple at the village was opposed by villagers who accused the petrol pump owner of trying to encroach on the temple land.

Those killed were identified as Indrajeet Kushwaha, 30, Ram Pravesh, 26, and Satya Prakash, 28, all resident of Saraura.

“Three people have been killed and six injured in violence related to a land dispute .The process of registering an FIR is underway, “ said Deoria superintendent of police Rakesh Shankar.

The tension began around 11am when a group of villagers reached the site and asked the petrol pump owner Hari Shankar Pandey to stop the construction work immediately .

When Pandey allegedly ignored their demand and continued the construction work, the villagers started pelting the workers and the petrol pump owner with stones, leading to firing and brick batting by the other side.In retaliation, some villagers also opened fire.

By the time a police team led by SP Rakesh Shankar reached the site, Ram Pravesh and Indrajeet had succumbed to bullet injuries. Satya Prakash died during treatment at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College. Six others were admitted to the BRD Medical College. The condition of two of them was said to be critical.

Heavy force has been deployed in the village. Deputy inspector general Nilabja Chowdhry, inspector general Mohit Aggarwal among others have rushed to the site..