Former Samajwadi Party legislator Rameshwar Singh Yadav has been booked under the Uttar Pradesh Gangsters and Anti Social Activities (Prevention) Act for grabbing government land.

His brother, Jogendra Singh Yadav, the former district council president, has also been named as a member of the ‘gang’ involved in grabbing government land. Yadav claimed that the actions of the district administration and police are politically-motivated. “We are being targeted by the local authorities on the instructions of the state government. I will take this matter to court,” he told reporters.

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On April 2, the Etah district administration demolished a brick kiln operated by the SP leader’s younger brother Ramnath Yadav in the Ghadi Roshan village under Aliganj sub-division. Four bulldozers were used to remove alleged encroachments on 33 bigha land worth over Rs 15 crore. Part of a cold storage unit owned by Ramnath’s son was also demolished.

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