Kalyan Singh's kin have close shave

Kalyan Singh's kin have close shave

Miscreants attempt to set them ablaze

Two close relatives of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh had a narrow escape when some miscreants thrashed them and allegedly tried to set them ablaze in UP’s Budaun district, about 300 kilometers from here.

The incident occurred at Behta Koda village on Wednesday when Singh’s brothers-in-law went to mediate in a dispute, according to the police sources here.

Dispute with villagers

Sources said that the daughter of Shyamlal, Singh’s brother-in-law, had a dispute with some people of the village over a piece of land.

The two relatives had mediated earlier also and had succeeded in convincing the two parties to settle the matter amicably. As the dispute re-surfaced, the duo went to mediate.

They were sitting in the courtyard of a house when around nine people, including five women, reached there and pounced on them catching them unawares.
They had brought kerosene-filled cans with them and poured it over the two to set them ablaze.

The duo somehow managed to wriggle out of their clutches and escaped on a motorbike. They informed the police about the attack.

A case of attempt to murder has been registered against all nine of them.
No arrests have been made so far. Security personnel had been deployed in the village as a precautionary measure, sources said.

A massive manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits. Reacting to the incident, Kalyan Singh said jungle raj prevails in UP. “No one is safe in the state,” he quipped.
Kalyan Singh had joined hands with the Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2009 general elections.

He later severed all ties with Yadav and merged his Jan Kranti Party with the BJP recently.

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