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Student leader shot dead, village tense

TENSION GRIPPED Persia Bujurg village of Farenda town of Maharajganj district today after a student leader was killed by unidentified Maruti-borne miscreants. Brandishing arms and opening fire in the air, the miscreants managed to flee from the scene.
None | By HT Correspondent, Gorakhpur
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2006 12:09 AM IST

TENSION GRIPPED Persia Bujurg village of Farenda town of Maharajganj district today after a student leader was killed by unidentified Maruti-borne miscreants. Brandishing arms and opening fire in the air, the miscreants managed to flee from the scene.

The deceased has been identified as Dhananjay Singh, student leader of Lal Bahadur Shastri Degree College of the town. Villagers and supporters of Dhananjay turned violent after his assassination and set ablaze a rice mill owned by one of the accused persons.

They also attacked and damaged residence of another accused in the case.

Heavy police force has been deployed in the area following tension and local police faced a tough time controlling the situation as agitated villagers raised slogans against the police administration.

Police used mild lathicharge to disperse the mob and PAC was deployed in the village to control the situation. Police also registered a case against block pramukh of Farenda Ram Prakash Singh and six others, including Shivendra Singh, Shakti Singh, Ranjeet Singh, Kaushal Singh and Ram Awadh under different section of the IPC.

According to the report, Dhananjay Singh was going to his house in the evening on Tuesday when the miscreants who were waiting for him in their Maruti car accosted him and killed him. The villagers chased the miscreants but the latter opened fire and fled. News of the murder spread in the area like wild fire and people went on the rampage attacking the residence of block pramukh Jaiprakash Singh who was not at home at that time.

Sources said Dhananjay Singh was a close associate of former president of LBS Degree College student union president Santosh Jaiswal who was killed on January 19, 2002. They set ablaze the house of Durgesh the main accused in Jaiswal murder case. Police said Durgesh’s supporters might have taken revenge.

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