Sonbhadra: As many as 24 people have been arrested in connection with Wednesday's (July 17) clash over a land dispute in Sonbhadra, even as the death toll in the incident increased to 10 with one more person succumbing to injuries, officials said on Thursday (July 18).

18 others were injured when a village head and his supporters allegedly opened fire on a rival group, leading to the clash. The deceased belonged to the Gond tribe.

Police said Sapahi village head Yagya Dutt and his supporters allegedly opened fire on the victims following a quarrel over a long pending land dispute, police said.

"Nine persons have been killed and 19 injured in the incident of firing," District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal said.

The injured have been rushed to the hospital where the condition of some of them was stated to be critical.

Taking cognisance of the case, chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed the District Magistrate to provide immediate medical attention to the injured. He also directed the Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh to personally monitor the case and ensure effective action.

The DGP confirmed the reports and said that five people have been arrested after a case was registered.

"Pradhan purchased this land two years ago and went there with allies to take possession of the land when villagers protested. Firing took place. Three to four people are undergoing treatment. A case has been registered and five have been arrested," Singh said.

He also expressed condolences to the family of the deceased.