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Dispute that created killing Sonbhadra owes its origin in 1952

The land dispute that created the killing fields of Umbhha owes its origin to a bureaucrat's decision to create an allegedly family run society in 1952. For the massacre of 10 villagers over a land dispute left festering for over five decades by a former bureaucrat, the pradhan of Umbhha village in eastern UP’s Sonbhadra district was among 21 people arrested on Thursday. The prime accused, Yagyadutt Bhurtiya, his two brothers and 23 others are now in custody. Two guns have been seized along with 26 tractors used by the accused in the attack,” additional director general (Varanasi zone) Braj Bhushan said. Five of the arrests were made on Wednesday within a few hours of the attack, which also left 20 people seriously injured. All 78 accused named in the FIR face charges of murder, attempt to murder and rioting with weapons, among other offences.

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