The bodies of three men, killed two days ago during an argument over land in a Deoria village, were cremated on Monday after district administration’s assurance to take the matter of compensation up with the state government. Indrajit Kushwaha, Satya Prakash and Ram Pravesh, residents of Saraula village were part of a group that opposed the construction of a fuel station on what they claimed was land belonging to their village and that of a local temple. The argument allegedly turned violent and resulted in their deaths. The main accused, Hari Shanker Pandey, who is from the neighbouring village and claimed the land, was arrested along with four others.
Villagers had held off cremating the bodies, keeping them at the Saraula village crossing in City Kotwali police station area, till the chief minister came and announced compensation for each of the deceased’s families. On Sunday evening, the district magistrate and the superintendent of police had visited the families and assured to convey their demands to the government.
“On Monday, we visited the village again and tried to pacify the families and others that their demands of a government job to each of the affected families and compensation would be sent to the state government. After my assurance, they finally end the protest and cremated the bodies today. I will send a letter to the state government detailing their demands,” the DM told The Indian express. “Since the concerned families are poor, I would try to help them providing some land and house (under government scheme) to them.”