UP Police, Revenue officers face heat after 12 die in 4 land disputes in 3 weeks | India News


In a span of three weeks between mid-September and early October, Uttar Pradesh witnessed the killing of 12 people in four separate incidents related to land disputes. After each of these incidents, police and revenue officers – a total of 42 officials – faced disciplinary action, including suspension, for alleged negligence and laxity in dealing with land disputes.

The state government held several meetings over the past few weeks in which senior officials were directed to ensure timely intervention in land disputes, with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and UP Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra asking senior officials to Stay on your toes.

Indian Express Takes a look at four incidents, arrests and action taken against officials in four different districts.

2 killed in Kanpur villages

The latest of the four incidents took place on Thursday night in Gajnir area of ​​Kanpur Dehat district, where two brothers were killed and four members of their family were injured. A case of murder was registered against 11 persons and 8 accused were arrested.

The incident took place in Shahjahanpur Nanya village, where the family of one Mohanlal Shukla attacked rival Satnarayan Lohar and his family with sticks and other weapons. Brothers Satyanarayan (72) and Ramveer (60) were seriously injured in the attack and died during treatment at the hospital. Ramveer’s wife Madhu (55), his daughters Madhu and Kajal, and son Sonu are also treating the injured.

A complaint regarding the land dispute between the two families was submitted to Kanpur village district magistrate Alok Singh on September 30, who forwarded it to officials of the local revenue department. In the complaint, Mohanlal Shukla alleged that despite filing a written complaint with the local police regarding the dispute, no action was taken.

On Saturday, after the murder, eight police officers – Gajnar inspector Sanjesh Kumar, two sub-inspectors and five constables – were suspended for alleged negligence. Two revenue department officials also faced action – local secretary Sachin was suspended and revenue clerk Vinod Kumar Mishra faced departmental action.

6 killed in Deoria

Last Monday (October 2), Six people were killed, including five members of the same family. A nearly decade-old land dispute erupted in Deoria’s Fatehpur village.

Prem Yadav (53), a former Zilla Panchayat member, was attacked and killed with blunt objects by one Sathyaprakash Dubey and his family members. In retaliation, a group of people killed Satyaprakash, his wife and three children, including two daughters. A son survived the attack and was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police have arrested 20 people on the charge of murder.

Following the incidents, 15 officials were suspended and departmental action was ordered against eight revenue department employees on Thursday for not acting on Dubey’s previous complaints.

The suspended officers include one Deputy District Magistrate, one Deputy Superintendent of Police, two Tehsildars, one Station House Officer, three accountants, one head constable, four constables and two beat in-charges. Departmental action was ordered against both Tahsildars and one DSP. A government spokesperson said that the preliminary inquiry report into the incident indicated gross negligence on the part of the officials, including the policemen.

It has been learned that nine complaints were sent to the state government’s Integrated Grievance Redressal System (IGRS) by Satyaprakash Dubey in connection with the land dispute.

A doctor was beaten to death in Sultanpur.

On September 24 A 53-year-old doctor was allegedly beaten to death over a land dispute. A case was registered against three people in Sultanpur district, including the son of a man from whom the doctor bought the land.

Dr Ghanshyam Tiwari, who was posted on contract basis at Jaisinghpur Community Health Centre, was beaten up by Ajay Narayan Singh, a local resident, the doctor’s wife Nisha Tiwari said in her police complaint. After allegedly beating Tiwari, Singh sent him home in an e-rickshaw. Tiwari fell unconscious a few minutes later and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to the doctor’s wife, her husband had bought two plots of land from Ajay Narayan Singh’s father Jagdish Narayan for Rs 50 lakh. “Despite paying the full amount, Jagdish and his son were not giving possession of the land. Ajay Narayan asked for more money. We paid Rs 50,000 more, and then he asked for Rs 2.5 lakh more,” said the doctor’s wife. had said

Jagdish Narayan Singh (70), his sons Ajay Narayan Singh (49) and Vijay Narayan Singh (46) have been arrested in connection with this case.

The district administration had also demolished three properties belonging to the accused, saying they were in “illegal occupation”.

After the doctor’s death, the local station house officer, RA Upadhyay, was suspended for alleged negligence and a departmental inquiry was ordered against him.

3 killed in Koshambi

On September 15, three members of a Dalit family were shot dead, allegedly over a property dispute, while they were sleeping outside their hut in the early hours of the morning. Immediately after the incident, the relatives of the victims set fire to the houses of the accused.

The incident took place in Mohedinpur village of Kushambi under the jurisdiction of Sandipanghat police station. The deceased have been identified as farmer Horilal (62), his daughter Brajkali (22) and son-in-law Shiv Sagar (26).

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The accused were neighbors of Horilal, with whom there was a dispute over a piece of land.

Nine people have been arrested so far in connection with the murder, including neighbors Amit Singh, Anuj Singh, Arvind, Tirthram, Amar Singh and Guddu.

More than two weeks after the incident, on September 30, the local station officer and post in-charge were removed and sent to police lines. On Friday, six consolidation officers of the revenue department were suspended for alleged laxity in handling the land dispute by the state government.

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