15 murdered in Sitapur group rivalry
OLD ENMITY, which started with an ego clash during panchayat election 15 years back, claimed 15 lives, including that of four kids and an equal number of women, at Shankerpur village in Sitapur. The blood spilling, which started with the hacking of two women and three kids on Thursday night, continued right up to Friday morning and saw the other group gunning down 10 persons, including a pregnant woman.Updated: Nov 18, 2006 01:42 IST
OLD ENMITY, which started with an ego clash during panchayat election 15 years back, claimed 15 lives, including that of four kids and an equal number of women, at Shankerpur village in Sitapur.
The blood spilling, which started with the hacking of two women and three kids on Thursday night, continued right up to Friday morning and saw the other group gunning down 10 persons, including a pregnant woman.
The assailants belonging to both the groups are still at large even though the cops arrested one supporter each from the groups to show their ‘efficiency’.
It all began when Shri Prakash Tiwari alias Jagan Babu and his brothers Sonilal, Sunil and Deepu and their cousin Mahadeo sneaked into the hutment of their rival Saghan Mishra around 9 pm.
One by one they hacked Mishra’s wife Kamli (30), sons Angrez (10) and Chhotu (5), daughter Ruchi (3) and mother Dhandei (60) with choppers.
The attack was so quick that the victims, who were asleep, did not get a chance to raise an alarm. Since the assailants knew that Saghan never stayed at home during night because of the ongoing enmity, they all vanished. The entire village slept calmly unaware of the brutal killings.
However, Saghan’s second wife Naika who was sleeping in another hutment about 10 yards away saw the assailants moving out with choppers in their hands. She ran to the hideout of her husband, who is also a criminal, at nearby Israuli village and informed him about the incident.
Saghan’s neighbour Ramrani Shukla told Hindustan Times that she saw Saghan’s aides, including Sushil Dubey of Israuli, Pramod alias Babloo Bajpai of same village and the latter’s mother armed with rifles and country-made pistols.
Led by Saghan the group reached straight to Jagan Babu’s kin late Girija Shanker Bajpai’s house where they dragged the latter’s 60-year-old wife Savitri out and shot her dead. They moved to adjacent Mahadeo Tiwari’s house and dragged his wife Bitto (45) about 20 yards away and then shot her dead.
After this, the assailants started targeting all rivals in the village and shot dead Pappu Bajpai (35), Yagya Prasad Mishra (65), Pushpa (35) and Ramesh Mishra (22). To what extent the group went could be gauged from the fact that Saghan Mishra even did not spare a villager Rakesh’s four-year-old son Luvkush and shot him dead. Saghan had a land dispute with Rakesh.
Saghan’s aide Sushil Dubey, meanwhile, used the occasion to settle scores with his rivals. Sushil took the group to his village (Israuli) and shot dead his uncles Sipahilal Dubey (55), Pahalwan Dubey (48) and latter’s wife Sanwara Devi (38), who was nine months pregnant.
First Published: Nov 18, 2006 01:42 IST