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“200 Men On 32 Tractors”:
Village Head Kills – 10 In UP
Initial investigation has revealed that the tribals
have occupied the land for decades (file)
SONBHADRA: A day after a village chief and his associates
fired on a group of tribal farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra
district killing 10 people over a land dispute, disturbing
details of the massacre have emerged.
The main accused, Yagya Dutt, had brought nearly 200 men
on 32 tractor trolleys to take possession of the land,
eyewitnesses have told NDTV.
After the tribals opposed,
his men fired at them for over half-an-hour, they add.
“They just started firing.
Once people started falling to the ground,
they started hitting them with lathis.
It was plain horror,” a woman told NDTV.
Another eyewitness has claimed that the shootout continued
for nearly half-an-hour.
“We did not know they had come armed with guns. When they
started firing, we ran here and there (to save ourselves),
started calling the police. The police came after an hour.
The firing went on for a half-an-hour,” the eyewitness told NDTV.
The dispute between the villagers and the village chief
pertains to a piece of land measuring 36 acre.
who have tilled
the land for generations,
have been demanding titles for it.
The main accused claimed he had bought the land 10 years ago
from a prominent local family.
Initial investigation has revealed that
the tribals have occupied the land for decades
but they don’t have ownership titles, sources said.
In 1955, a huge chunk of land including the area covered
by the village was transferred to a cooperative society
formed by a family, under a government scheme, the probe
reveals. In 1966, the scheme was abolished but the land
was not returned to the government. In 1989, the land
was transferred to individuals in the same family, including
the relatives of an IAS officer.
This family sold a chunk of this land to the
village chief in 2010.
“The tribals here have been appealing to government officers
for decades. They raised objection to the sale.
This land hould rightfully belong to the local gram sabha
(village assembly). But no one listened to them,”
Chhote Lal, former BJP parliamentarian, said.
24 people have been arrested so far in connection with
The main accused, however, is missing.