Lucknow: In connection with arson that followed the murder of a village head in Maharajganj district on Friday, as many as 51 people were arrested and the in-charge of Thuthibari police station was suspended.

According to an official spokesman here, "Incharge of Thuthibari police station has been placed under suspension with immediate effect on charges of laxity in execution of official responsibility."

He said three separate cases have been lodged in connection with the arson and murder and in total, 51 persons were arrested.

"While four persons were arrested for village head's murder, 47 were arrested for torching the houses," the spokesman said.

Ten people, including five children, were either burned alive or died due to asphyxia when a mob, angry over the murder of village head Dina Nath Singh in Digahi village, torched houses of two accused.

Dina Nath Singh was shot dead by Ayodhya Dubey, Dwarka Dubey, Krishna Murari, Dhirendra Kumar Dubey and others over an old land dispute in Digahi village, Special Director General of Police (law and order) Brij Lal had told reporters
yesterday.

He said that police detained some accused after facing resistance from the supporters of Dina Nath.

Once the police party left agitated over the incident, the supporters of Dina Nath torched houses of Dwarka Dubey and Ayodhya Dubey in which five children, two men and three women were burnt alive, he said.

(Agencies)