Lucknow: Taking a serious note on the Sunday’s violence in a Etawah temple during the Ram Navami celebrations, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday ordered a CB-CID probe into the incident and asked to bring culprits to the book. Other than a Crime Branch-CID and a magisterial investigation, the state government has for intelligence inputs on reasons that triggered the trouble.

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Three persons were killed and 35 sustained injuries, including several cops, when two groups of devotees clashed following a dispute over offering prayers at the ancient Brahmani temple in Balrai area in Etawah, the Chief Minister's home district.

The Chief Minister has announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia amount for the kith and kin of the deceased. State Principal Home Secretary RM Srivastava informed that the state government has announced Rs 50,000 assistance for critically injured people and Rs 20,000 to people who suffered minor injuries. Out of three deceased, two have been identified as Munna Lal Yadav (30) and Girind Singh Yadav (30).

While some in the police say the incident was a fallout of a simmering rivalry between two groups of devotees of the Brahmani Devi Mandir, others blamed in on miscreants who were apparently drunk. Some people opened fire at the devotees, after which the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and police opened fire.

Akhilesh Yadav has also asked Director General of Police AC Sharma to personally oversee the case. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has expressed displeasure over the incident and asked his Chief Minister son to take the probe to its logical and satisfactory conclusion.

(JPN)