A man and his son were killed and two others of the same family shot at allegedly after one of the deceased, a minor, plucked a mango from a tree standing on a disputed land between two families in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district, the police said.
The incident took place in Achalpur locality under Kotwali police station Friday.
The deceased have been identified as former Indian Railways employee Satyadev Singh and his son Vikas, 17. The injured, Satyadev’s sister-in-law Jaya Singh, 40, and her son Shiv Shakti Singh, 12, are in a hospital in Allahabad. Police have registered a case against four persons, but no arrests have been made yet. Three persons have been detained for questioning, police said, adding PAC has been deployed to maintain calm in the area.
Police said Satyadev lived with his family in Achalpur. One of his brothers, Lallan Singh, and his family also stay with them.
Police said they had been locked in a dispute with the family of one Ram Pratap Singh over three-and-a-half bighas of land for 25 years.
“Around 10.30 am, Vikas went to fetch his cow that had entered the disputed land. Ram Pratap’s son Santosh saw Vikas plucking a mango from a tree there. He objected and an argument followed. Santosh and his supporters then allegedly started beating up Vikas,” Circle Officer (City) Vikas Chandra Tripathi said.
One of Santosh’s brothers, Manish, brought a licenced revolver. Santosh took the weapon and allegedly shot Vikas, police said. Hearing the gunshot, Satyadev rushed to the spot. Santosh then fired at him. When their relatives rushed to the spot, Santosh continued firing at them. A case of murder and attempt to murder has been registered.
The assailants then got into the car in which they came and drove off.