Sonbhadra massacre: Samajwadi Party denies Yogi Adityanath's charge that accused is its party member

Party leader Rajendra Chaudhary denied the charge that the main accused in the clash over a land dispute that claimed the lives of 10 Gond tribals on Wednesday had any connection with his party.

Published: 21st July 2019 11:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2019 11:39 PM   |  A+A-

Former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav

Former Uttar Pradesh CM and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav (File Photo | PTI)

By PTI

LUCKNOW: Hitting out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for claiming that the main accused in the Sonbhadra clash was an SP member, the opposition party on Sunday said the CM was levelling allegations against it only to hide his failures.

Talking to PTI, Samajwadi Party (SP) spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary denied the charge that the main accused in the clash over a land dispute that claimed the lives of 10 Gond tribals on Wednesday had any connection with his party.

"Yogi Adityanath is trying to hide his failures by indulging in such useless talks. How can the BJP shrug off the responsibility as regards the crime committed in Sonbhadra? Law and order and the safety and security of people are the responsibilities of the state government," he said.

Claiming that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not want the world to know about the anarchy prevailing in Uttar Pradesh, Chaudhary said, "It (BJP) is unable to run the government in the state. The piece of land over which the clash took place was in dispute for years. The affected people had approached the officials during the tehsil diwas and thana diwas, but their grievances went unheard."

Reacting to the chief minister's statement that the main accused in the incident was an active member of the SP, he said, "Adityanath is making incorrect statements. Yagyadutt does not have any connection with the SP."

Earlier, addressing a press conference in Sonbhadra, the chief minister said, "The accused person in this incident is a worker of the Samajwadi Party. He has an active role in the Samajwadi Party. Apart from this, his brother is a BSP leader. All of them have been misusing power. Cases were filed against poor people by misusing power and actions were taken in favour of the then ruling party."

Ten persons were killed and 28 injured in the clash in Sonbhadra on Wednesday after a village headman and his supporters opened fire on a group of tribals over a land dispute.

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