Lucknow: At least nine people were killed and three got critically injured in firing over a land dispute in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra district on Wednesday. The incident happened in Muratia village of the district. Sources told Zee Media that the firing was carried out by the Gram Pradhan and deceased included six men and three women. The incident took place due to a dispute between villagers and Gram Pradhan over the usage of a disputed land for farming.
Sonbhadra District Magistrate (DM) Ankit Kumar Agarwal said the incident took place over a land dispute. He told ANI that nine people have been brought to the district hospital of these, some are injured and some are dead. The DM, however, noted that the exact death toll can be confirmed only after all the ambulances carrying the dead bodies would arrive at the hospital.
Sonbhadra: Casualties reported after firing between two groups over a land dispute in Ghorawal today; District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal says, "We can't tell exact numbers as of now. 9 persons brought to District Hospital. Some are injured & some are dead." pic.twitter.com/QDeL1QylFK
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the incident and expressed condolences to the families of the deceased. The CM's Office said that Yogi Adityanath has directed Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh to personally monitor the case and ensure that the those involved in the incident are arrested as soon as possible.
मुख्यमंत्री श्री @myogiadityanath ने सोनभद्र में हुई घटना का संज्ञान लिया और मृतकों के परिवार के प्रति अपनी संवेदना व्यक्त की है।#UPCM ने सोनभद्र के जिलाधिकारी को घायलों को तत्काल चिकित्सा सहायता उपलब्ध कराने के निर्देश दिए हैं। @DmSonbhadra @sonbhadrapolice
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The chief minister has also ordered DM to provide immediate medical attention to injured.