UP: 24 arrested in Sonbhadra land dispute murders

Sonbhadra: Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested 24 people in connection with the mass murders that took place in Ubhbha village of Ghoraval tehsil in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. A case has been registered against 78 people in this connection, including 50 unidentified persons.

Salman Taj Patil, Superintendent of Police, said: “A total of 24 people, including the nephew of the village head, have been arrested in this case. However, the main accused — the village head — is still on run.”

Ten persons were killed and over 24 were injured in clashes over a land dispute in Sonbhadra district on Wednesday. According to reports, the incident took place when a dispute arose over a piece of land between the Gujjar and Gond communities.

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The police have registered a case against Yagdutt, the village head, his brother and others under the SC/ST Act on the plea of a local named Lallu Singh. The police are conducting raids to nab all the accused.

According to the police, two weapons used in the carnage have also been recovered. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also directed DGP O.P. Singh to keep a close watch in the case.

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