Four of family shot dead in UP village

Lucknow, Nov 10 (IANS) A woman village chief, her husband and two sons were shot dead in Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh early on Thursday, police said.

Police said more than a dozen persons barged into the house of village head Shakuntala Devi after midnight and shot her, her husband Vishambhar and their sons Sunil and Sushil.

Prima facie, the police said, the murders in Chabda village in Kudh Fatehgadh area were a fallout of an old enmity.

The couple was said to be involved in a feud with some powerful villagers over some electoral issue.

The assailants threatened the villagers of dire consequences if they revealed their identity to the police.

Heavy security arrangements have been made in the village and efforts were on to track down the killers, a police official told IANS.