The property dispute between Congress MP Sanjay Singh and his son Anant Vikram Singh took a bloody turn on Sunday as a clash erupted between the supporters of Anant and the police, leaving one policeman dead.
The police have arrested 18 persons and registered FIRs against some others.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced Rs 20 lakh financial aid to the kin of deceased constable Vijay Mishra, 45, who was posted at the Amethi police station.
The atmosphere at Bhupati Bhawan, the royal palace of Amethi, was tense since early in the morning as Anant’s supporters started gathering outside to stop Sanjay and his wife Amita from entering the premises. In no time, Sanjay’s supporters, too, arrived at the spot.
Fearing violence, officers of the district administration and police rushed to the palace and barricaded Munshiganj-Amethi road.
A rumour soon spread that the district administration had put Anant, his mother Garima (first wife of Sanjay), sisters Mahima and Shaivya, wife Shambhavi and son Adhiraj under house arrest. In protest, Anant’s supporters started moving towards the palace. To control the situation, police lathicharged the mob and the latter retaliated with stone pelting. As the news of Mishra’s death spread, cops went on a rampage, beating up people mercilessly.
Media persons, too, were not spared with many receiving injuries and their equipment damaged.
At noon, district magistrate Jagatraj Tripathi and superintendent of police Heera Lal arrived at the spot with extra police force and tried to control the irate constables. Around 2pm, Sanjay and Amita arrived in Amethi and rushed inside the palace.