Situation in the district’s Jhunsi area, coming fresh from Sunday’s clash between groups of Brahmins (Giris) and Dalits (Bharatiyas) which killed one and injured many others, became tense again Monday when people from the latter group decided to take out a protest march in Mehmoodabad, demanding the arrest of two brothers of the former clan.
The group, according to the police, wanted to move towards the G T Road and stage a blockade. “On being stopped, they started pelting stones, damaging a private car and a police gypsy. Some people reached the roadways bus depot in Katka and set a bus on fire,” said Allahabad Senior Superintendent of Police, Umesh Kumar Srivastava. “We have deployed two company Provincial Armed Constabulary and The situation has been brought under control.”
On Sunday, history-sheeters Manoj alias Chhuttan Giri, his elder brother Pramod alias Bablu Giri, and their associates had attacked Shambhu Nath Bharatiya (33), Harish Chandra Bharatiya (45) and Rakesh Sahni (26) with bombs, besides opening fire on them. While Shambhu had died on the spot, Harish escaped with minor injuries. Rakesh was admitted to the hospital and continues to be in a critical condition.
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Supporters of Bharatiyas had, in retaliation, set Giris’ office on Chhatnag road on fire, along with two of their bikes.
The two groups, involved in property dealing, are locked in a battle of supremacy in the area, the police say.
This supremacy, they add, used to sway in Bharatiyas favor when Chhuttan Giri was in jail, but his involvement in property dealing since his release on bail a few months ago led to a situation resulting in the gang war.