9 killed, 20 injured in UP gunfight

Nine people, including three women, were killed and 20 others were injured today, when a property dispute in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district led to a gunfight between two groups. The shootout at Ubbha village in the district lasted for nearly an hour.

A police officer said the trigger for the gunfight was a land dispute. The two groups opened fire using country-made pistols and also attacked one another with sharp weapons.

 

Sonbhadra district magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal told UP news channel, Bharat Samachar, that the clash between the two groups involved nearly 100 people. The village is close to the state’s border with Madhya Pradesh.

 

The injured were initially admitted to a local hospital and later shifted to the district hospital. The condition of two of the injured is serious, police said. District magistrate Ankit Agrawal and Superintendent of Police Salman Taj Patil along with a large number of police personnel reached the spot soon after the incident and the situation was brought under control.

 

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of the incident and expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased. He has directed the DM of Sonbhadra to provide immediate medical attention to the injured. He has also directed the DGP to personally monitor the case and ensure action is taken to catch the culprits.

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