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Baghpat: A minor was shot dead by a group of close to 25 people in Basoli village of Baghpat on June 1 following an argument on the issue of grinding grains.

"Some villagers had entered into an argument with the 15-16-year-old boy's family a day earlier over grinding of grains. Today they called some other people from outside, close to two dozen in number, and shot him dead. Further, when the villagers assembled they also fired at them. Two assailants were beaten to death by the villagers," Superintendent of Police (SP) Pratap Gopendra Yadav told reporters here.

He added that an FIR has been registered in connection with the incident and assured strict action would be taken.

The victim is the son of BJP leader Padam, who is in charge of the district's backward class unit.

"They had earlier injured my uncle's sons and today they killed my son. The assailants were from nearby villages, we need justice from the administration," Padam said.