Even as parties in the Opposition continue to do politics on the horrific murders in Uttar Pradesh's Sonabhadra over land dispute, Republic Media Network has spoken to the eye-witnesses who were present when the alleged killing took place.
Shubashankar, an eye-witness, said, "There were 250-300 people from their side, from our side there were 60-70 people. There was supposed to be talks over the land dispute but instead they started firing. Those who were shot fell on the spot while others began to run."
Another eye-witness said, "The police came after those did the shooting went back to their villages."
The eye-witnesses also said that they did not need leaders from out of the state to visit them but wanted the state officials to meet them. "We want the government to come here, not politicians," the eye-witness said.
An investigation team of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) will on Monday visit the Sonbhadra district where 10 tribal farmers were killed allegedly over a land dispute. The team led by NCST Chairman Nand Kumar Sai will meet the family members of those killed, and police and administration officials.
Apart from the 10 killed, 18 others were injured on Wednesday when they resisted an attempt by village head Yagya Dutt and his supporters to take possession of the 90 bighas of disputed land in the district's Ghorawal area. The men accompanying the village head had allegedly opened fire, killing nine people on the spot.
As per an official from National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), the tribals tilled the land for generations and have been demanding titles for it. Attempts had been made to evict them earlier too, an NCST official said.
The Congress, TMC have arrived in the state for a dharna drama. On Friday, Priyanka Gandhi alleged she was detained by the police, while on Saturday, TMC claimed its four-member delegation of was under detention in Varanasi. BSP chief Mayawati has targetted the BJP-led government blaming it for the situation.