3 dead, several injured in clash over land dispute

Three persons were killed and several others were injured when two groups clashed over cultivating sugarcane on a disputed piece of land at Govindpur village in Faridpur area of Bareilly district .

Faridpur Circle Officer Gaurav Singh said the incident took place when one of the groups objected to another group working in the field.

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Police said that prime accused Suresh Pal Tomar reached the spot with his associates when a group of Sikh farmers were working in the field, and after heated arguments, he opened fire. In retaliation, Sikh farmers attacked Pal and his aides with sharp-edged objects, the police added.

On getting information about the clash, police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Half a dozen persons injured in the clash were taken to a hospital where three of them were pronounced dead. Among the three dead, two – Sardar Parvinder Singh and Devendra Singh – had bullet injuries in their bodies, police said, adding that the third victim was identified as Gul Mohammed.