Dheerendra Singh, the primary accused within the daylight shootout in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia and reportedly a detailed aide of BJP MLA Surendra Singh, launched a video on Saturday claiming that he was being framed as “no bullet was fired by him” and his household was, actually, “harassed”.
“SDO Suresh Pal and CO Chandrakesh Singh, BDO Gajendra Singh Yadav and SI Sadanand Yadav were all present at the public meeting. Earlier, I had apprised the SDO and BDO several times that the atmosphere is bad, so on what basis do they want to give quota? Then I was told that the side with more people, will get the quota. There were 1500 people on my side and only 300 from the other. I told the officers about the possibility of a ruckus, but they rubbished it,” Singh mentioned from hiding.
“Then, the SDO said my party won’t be allocated ration as it has more people. So, I confronted him saying that it was him who had earlier mentioned about getting more people,” he added.
Accusing the highest officers of “colluding with the other party”, Singh mentioned that Pal and Yadav are “conspiring to frame” him. “I did not fire any shot and I have no idea whose bullet killed Jai Prakash Pal. My 80-year-old father fell down. Some people attacked my sister-in-law, while some people started firing,” he mentioned.
“A meeting was deliberately organised near the Panchayat Bhavan, which is closer to the residences of those from the other party. When the fighting and stone pelting started, I was standing next to the SDO and CO and requested them to check the situation, but they stood and watched,” he alleged, including that the administration is now “harassing his household and vandalising the home.
On Thursday, a youth was shot lifeless throughout the shootout in entrance of native administrative officers over a dispute at a gathering for choice of ration retailers. Singh fled the scene amid a stampede-like scenario that adopted the firing.
The incident occurred at Durjanpur village within the Reoti space of Ballia district when the SDO determined not go forward with the assembly resulting from a dispute between members of self-help teams who had gathered there. Videos of the incident are being extensively shared on social media.
Ballia Superintendent of Police Devendra Nath mentioned, “The incident took place after a clash erupted between two groups during the meeting. An investigation is underway.” An FIR has been registered on this regard towards 15-20 individuals on the criticism of the sufferer’s brother Chandrama.
Soon after, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered fast suspension of native Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) Suresh Pal, Circle Officer Chandrakesh Singh and different police personnel who have been current on the spot. He additionally directed that strict motion be initiated towards the accused.
The function of the officers shall be investigated and if accountable prison motion shall be taken, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Kumar Awasthi mentioned in Lucknow.