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Gonda shooting was ‘staged’; 7 held, injured priest booked: UP Police

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |

October 18, 2020 2:10:13 am





Initially after the October 11 shooting, Itiyathok police booked Mukesh Singh, Bhayharan Singh, former village head Amar Singh and Daroga Singh – all residents of the village.

Gonda police Saturday arrested seven individuals, together with the pinnacle priest of Ramjanki temple in a Gonda village and the village head, for staging an assault on one other priest final week to implicate their rivals within the case. Police stated they might transfer court docket requesting launch of the primary two arrests as no proof was discovered towards them.

A priest on the similar temple in Tire Manorama village, Samrat Das alias Atul Tripathi who was shot at and was recovering from gunshot accidents in a Lucknow hospital, had additionally been booked, police stated. The two teams had been combating over the possession of 120 bighas of the temple land, stated police.



The seven arrested persons are Munna Singh, Vipin Dwivedi alias Chhotu, Neeraj Singh, Sonu Singh, head priest Sita Ram Das alias Vrindaran Tripathi, Shiv Shankar Singh and village head Vinay Kumar Singh. Vipin and Sita Ram are from Madhya Pradesh and the remainder from Gonda. The accused have been despatched to judicial custody. Another accused, Suraj was on the run, stated Additional Superintendent of Police, Gonda, Mahendra Kumar.

Police drive had been deployed on the Lucknow hospital the place Samrat was being handled, stated the ACP.

Initially after the October 11 shooting, Itiyathok police booked Mukesh Singh, Bhayharan Singh, former village head Amar Singh and Daroga Singh – all residents of the village. Bhayharan and Daroga had been arrested.

In their investigation, police have discovered that the land dispute has been festering between Amar Singh and head priest Sita Ram. By staging the shooting on Samrat Das, Sita Ram and others needed to border Amar Singh and his associates. Police additionally discovered that there was a political rivalry between sitting pradhan Vinay Singh and Amar Singh over panchayat elections. Around a month in the past, Vinay and Sita Ram plotted a conspiracy to border Amar, stated police. As per the plan, accused Munna Singh was to shoot Samrat Das in such a method as to not trigger severe accidents to him. Samrat Das was shot within the shoulder.

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