Lucknow: The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, is taking the shooting incident at Sonbhadra very seriously and will travel to the village tomorrow to meet with the families of the deceased. Ten people including four women were killed in the attack. Several others were injured.
The incident occurred on 17 July over a land dispute at a village in Sonbhadra. When the pradhan went to the village to take possession of the land he bought 2 years ago the local residents opposed him. This led to a scuffle and the pradhan’s goons open fired on the villagers leading to the loss of lives.
So far 29 people have been arrested by the UP police and four officials suspended in connection with the incident.
The government also announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh for the families of the victims.
Yogi Adityanath said, “Till now, 29 criminals have been arrested. A single barrel gun, three double-barrel guns and a rifle have been seized. Whoever is found responsible for this incident, strictest action will be taken against them.”
Priyanka Gandhi had tried to grab the limelight when she tried to enter the village and was stopped by the administration owing to the sensitivity of the case. However, Congress leaders said she was arrested and raised a hue and cry.
The government let her visit the families today morning and she flew back to Delhi after meeting with them. She tried to blame the government for the law and order situation in the state. However, the Yogi government had already put the criminals involved in the incident behind bars.
The visit of the Chief Minister will go a long way to assure the families of the victims that justice will prevail and all those who were behind the shooting will be punished.