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Block pramukh held in Raebareli lynching case

A local political leader of Raebareli was on Monday arrested in connection with the killing of five persons over a land dispute, a day after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took serious note of the incident. Block pramukh Shiv Kumar was named in an FIR registered in the case, a police spokesman said here.

Earlier, police had arrested Raja Yadav, Krishan Kumar, Pradip Kumar, Ram Bahal Yadav and Bhadeu in connection with the lynching and a hunt was on to nab the others involved in the crime, the spokesman said.
The chief minister had on Sunday announced a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the victims' families, while directing the zonal IG to probe the matter in 10 days and ensure justice. Five persons, including a village head, were lynched by a mob allegedly for land grabbing in Apta village in Unchahar area of Raebareli district on the night of June 26.
The incident had taken place when the village head of Tevra, Rohit Shukla, was doing construction work in Bhusai-ka-Purwa on a piece of land given to him by his father-in-law and the construction was stopped by Raja Yadav, son of Apta village head, Rajshri, claiming that it was gram sabha land.

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