Five persons, including a woman, were injured when two rival groups, each led by UP Forest Minister Durga Prasad Yadav’s son Vijay and his nephew and zila panchayat member Pramod Yadav clashed at Ukraura village in City Kotwali police station area of Azamgarh district Friday night. Police arrested minister’s nephew and nine of his associates but no action has been initiated against his son or latter’s supporters.
The victims have suffered injuries caused by blunt objects, police said.
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SP, Azamgarh Kuntal Kishore claimed that the groups, which clashed were led by Vijay and Pramod and added that the injured were supporters of minister’s son. Also, he further claimed that the presence of minister’s son at the spot has not been confirmed yet.
Contacted, Durga Prasad, who is also the Samajwadi Party MLA from Azamgarh, claimed that his nephew had been annoyed ever since the party denied him ticket for contesting the zila panchayat chairman election. “He suspects my role behind party’s decision. On Friday, my son Vijay had gone to the visit his friend Ranjeet Singh at at Ukraura village. Pramod too had gone to the same village to meet his friend. After my son returned, Pramod and his men forcibly entered Ranjeet Singh’s house and assaulted him and others,” the minister claimed.
“My nephew should be jailed for the act,” he added.
His son, Vijay, too denied his involvement in the clash, claiming he had left when the incident took place. “There is a dispute between Pramod and one of my supporters, Indrajeet, who is one of the injured in yesterday’s attack. On Friday evening, I had gone to Ukraura and left after spending some time at Ranjeet’s house. Later, I came to know that Pramod and his aides were there in the village and attacked Ranjeet and others. We do not have good relations with Pramod,” claimed Vijay.
He also claimed that his name was falsely being “dragged” into the matte.
SHO, City Kotwali, Mohammad Isha Khan said, village pradhan Brijesh Singh and Ranjeet Singh, whose mother is a member of Ukraura Block Committee, have an old dispute. While Ranjeet claims to be supporter of Vijay, the village pradhan is supporter of minister’s newphew.
On Friday night, Pramod along with his supporters reached Brijesh’s house while Vijay was there at Ranjeet Singh’s house. Brijesh and Ranjeet Singh, both, live at a distance of 20 metres, added SHO.
He further said that after having dinner, Pramod and his associates entered in verbal altercation with those present outside Ranjeet’s house. The altercation soon turned violent and Pramod’s supporters allegedly attacked the rival group and also fired at them, claimed SHO.
The police officer claimed that hearing about the clash, they rushed to the place and caught Pramod and nine of his aides from the spot. “When we reached at the spot, Vijay was not present there,” claimed SHO.
On a complaint filed by Ranjeet Singh, police registered a case against Pramod and his nine associates. Seven persons, including Pramod, have been booked on charges including attempt to murder, rioting, attempt to commit culpable homicide and voluntarily causing hurt while three have been booked under CrPC section 151 (breach of Peace).
The injured included Ranjeet’s relative Malti Devi (58), his aunt Sunita(35), brother Sanjeet and Vijay’s supporters Indrajeet and Ajay Kumar Yadav. They all are admitted to district hospital, the SHO said.
Pramod could not be contacted for comments as his cellphone came switched off.