Mother, daughter killed after police set their home on fire during demolition drive in UP

People gather near the incident spot after a mother and daughter were killed in Kanpur Dehat district of UP as police allegedly set their hut on fire during a demolition drive. [Photo: Twitter]

Uttar Pradesh: A mother and daughter were killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Dehat district after the police allegedly set their hut on fire during a demolition drive, reported NDTV on Tuesday.

The report said a case of murder has been filed against the sub divisional magistrate, the station house officer and the bulldozer operator.

In Madauli village in UP’s Kanpur Dehat, during an anti-encroachment drive, the police, district administration and revenue officials were present when this incident occurred and after the fire, they allegedly fled from the spot.

Shivam Dixit, the son, who also recorded a video which has been uploaded on social media, claims that “They started the fire while people were still inside. We were just about able to escape. They broke our temple. Nobody did anything, not even the DM (District Magistrate). Everybody ran, nobody could save my mother.”

The deceased have been identified as 44-year-old Pramila Dixit and her 21-year-old daughter Neha Dixit, reported the Hindustan Times.

The district administration and revenue officials had gone to remove alleged encroachments from a government land, reports said quoting officials.

The villagers claim that the police had not given them a notice about the alleged encroachments.

The deaths have caused tension between the villagers and the police. Villagers allegedly threw bricks at the police, who then left the spot, reported NDTV.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party and Congress have demanded that the accused persons be punished and alleged that the Bhartiya Janata Party has made “bulldozer a symbol to show its illegal power”.

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