On Monday noon, Pramila Dixit, 44, and her daughter, Neha Dixit, 21, were burnt alive during an anti-encroachment drive in a Kanpur Dehat village. In response, the police on Tuesday booked 42 people, including sub-divisional magistrate (Maitha) Gyaneshwar Prasad, SHO (Rura) Dinesh Gautam, kanungo Ashok Dixit, lekhpal Ashok Singh, JCB driver Vishal and others, including cops and revenue department officials. The deceased’s kin demanded the arrest of SDM Gyaneshwar Prasad and action against district magistrate Neha Jain, who allegedly had ordered the demolition of the encroachment on gram samaj land. The family also demanded a compensation of ₹5 crore and a government job for one member. Sub-divisional magistrate (Maitha) Gyaneshwar Prasad was placed under suspension and the lekhpal was arrested. Meanwhile, the police stopped opposition party leaders from heading towards the village. Congress president Braj Lal Khabri and Nasimuddin Siddiqui were stopped at the Nawabganj toll plaza, SP MLA Vinod Chaturvedi at Kalpi and SP MLA Manoj Pandey at Azad Marg in Kanpur Dehat while SP MLA Amitabh Bajpai was placed under house arrest in Kanpur. ADG (zone) Alok Singh said that the police are investigating the case and stringent action will be taken on the basis of findings.
Today: November 30, 2023