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LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday visited Aminabad village in Etawah district, the scene of Wednesday’s massacre of five members of a Dalit family, cracked the whip on erring police officials and announced a couple of humanitarian measures for four children, who survived the fatal assault.
Ms. Mayawati’s visit came 12 hours before the Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s scheduled visit to the village on Saturday.
An official spokesman told The Hindu that the Chief Minister ordered the suspension of the Station Officer of Ekdil police station in Etawah district and admonished the SSP of Etawah, S.R.S. Aditya and IG, Zone of Kanpur, S.N. Singh. Ms. Mayawati warned the district police chiefs and the zonal IGs that in the event of a recurrence of such crimes strict action would be taken against them.
Ms. Mayawati announced that agricultural land would be given to the next of the kin of the deceased and the government would bear the cost of education and marriage of the four children and one of their relatives, who escaped the killings, the spokesman added.
Mr. Gandhi’s visit to the village on Saturday coincides with the 74th birth anniversary celebration of Bahujan Samaj Party founder Kanshi Ram, in whose memory several programmes are lined up in Lucknow and elsewhere in the State.
Ms. Mayawati had already announced a compensation of Rs.1 lakh to the kin of the deceased on receiving the news of the multiple killings on Thursday. The announcement of the visit of the Congress Member of Parliament from Amethi to Aminabad village under the Ekdilpur police station area in Etawah was made on Friday. Later in the day, it was followed by the announcement of the Chief Minister’s visit to the village on Friday.
The Chief Minister flew to the village on a helicopter en route to Kanpur after receiving Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is on a two-day visit to Varanasi. Dr. Singh will address the 90th convocation of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Saturday. Five members of a Dalit family were shot dead in Aminabad village on Wednesday night. Police suspected the multiple killings to the fallout of a dispute over a small piece of land. Among those killed were Vishram Singh, his wife, Rajni, son and daughter-in-law, Arjun and Rajni and Rinku, who had come to appear in the High School examination.
The FIR lodged at the Ekdil police station named one Hom Singh, also a Dalit, and a native of the same village, and six unidentified persons. The Etawah police is investigating the possibility of the notorious Nadiya gang’s involvement in the killings. The dacoit Nadiya, who carries a reward of Rs. 25,000 on his head, escaped from the Etawah jail on February 24 last. About half a dozen jail officials were suspended.
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