No stopping of crime in UP: Man shot dead amid fracas at meeting; local BJP leader booked, officials suspended

A local BJP leader allegedly shot dead a man as a fracas broke out Thursday at meeting attended by administration and police officials over allotment of ration shops in a Ballia village

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A local BJP leader allegedly shot dead a man as a fracas broke out Thursday at meeting attended by administration and police officials over allotment of ration shops in a Ballia village, officials said.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the suspension of the sub divisional magistrate, circle officer and all other policemen present at the spot in Durjanpur village in Ballia's Reoti area, police said.

Jai Prakash (46) was shot dead allegedly by Dhirendra Pratap Singh after the SDM decided not go ahead with the meeting due to a dispute between members of self-help groups, Superintendent of Police Devendra Nath said.

Bairia MLA Surendra Singh confirmed that Singh heads the BJP's ex-servicemen's unit in Ballia district.

"This is a casualty that can happen anywhere. In this incident, there was stone-pelting from both sides. The law will take its own course in the matter," the BJP legislator said.

Police registered an FIR naming four and mentioning 15-20 unnamed people on the basis of a complaint filed by Chandrama, the victim's brother.

There was no immediate arrest.

The meeting was held in a tent, where a large number of people gathered. Administration and police officials were also present there, local residents said.

A video clip showed a group of people running about in a field in panic as shots are heard.

"Taking a serious note of the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed that the SDM, CO and all police personnel present at the spot be suspended immediately and strictest action taken against the accused," Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said in Lucknow.

He said the role of the officers will be investigated and if they are found responsible criminal action will follow.

A sizeable police force has been deployed in the village to maintain law and order, the Ballia SP said.

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