A 55-year-old man from dalit community was killed and his son was critically injured when half a dozen men attacked them at Kambakshpur village. Police said that the incident resulted out of a land dispute which is stated to be around 3.5 bigahs.
The incident occurred when the deceased, identified as Jagdish Singh, and his younger son Dharmender, 20, were on their way to the district court to seek legal aid over some issue.
“As they left the village at about 7.30 am, 6-7 men from the Gurjar community, who were having a decade old rivalry with Jagdish, attacked them. They had blocked the road using a tractor. The father-son duo tried to flee leaving their bike behind, but they were overpowered and attacked with sharp edged weapons,” said Prem Chand, a neighbour of the deceased.
He added that some passersby spotted the duo lying in a pool of blood and informed police and family members. Later, Dharmender was found alive and was rushed to the Yatharth hospital where he is undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU).
“Jagdish had demanded police protection as he was fighting a legal battle with the neighbours for a piece of land and he was often threatened and thrashed. But he never backed down and continued to fight the case for over 20 years,” said Bhola, a relative of the deceased.
Police said that a case was registered at the Knowledge Park police station and teams were formed to lead the investigation.
“Further, a company of provincial armed constabulary (PAC) has been deployed in the village to maintain law and order. Also, reserved riot control police has been deployed near the village on stand by,” said Abhishek Yadav, superintendent of police (rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.
“The victim’s body was sent for postmortem, reports of which are awaited. It seems like he died after his throat was slit with some sharp object,” Yadav said.
Following the incident, the relatives of the deceased accused police of inaction and demanded immediate arrest of the accused persons.
The incident also triggered a violent protest and the police had to resort to firing in air and a mild force to disperse the mob which tried to block the Noida-Greater Noida expressway by placing the body over the road which also led to long traffic snarls.
However, senior police officials rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the mob. However, when they did not agree to clear the road, the police used mild force and seized the body. The expressway was cleared after 45 minutes.
When approach, senior superintendent of police Kiran S said, “The matter is under investigation. Whatever accusations the deceased’s family has made, will be thoroughly checked.”
Police said that several of the attackers were identified with the help of locals who witnessed the entire murder. Police is waiting for statement of victim’s son to get name of the assailants.