Mathura violence: 14 dead, 200 detained as UP CM orders inquiry

Totally fourteen people died including two police officers and 40 others were injured as violence erupted in Mathura.

Published: 03rd June 2016 06:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd June 2016 11:08 AM   |  A+A-


A fire break out after clashes between the police and the encroachers who were being evicted from Jawaharbagh in Mathura on Thursday. (PTI)

Totally fourteen people died including two police officers and 40 others were injured as violence erupted on Thursday during an operation to clear hundreds of acres of government land from the activists of a religious group ‘Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi’.

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Santosh Yadav, Farah police station officer died after being hit by a bullet on his head. Mukul Dwivedi, Mathura superintendent of police also passed away due to serious injuries.

The clashes broke out when police were trying to evict illegal occupants of a land in Jawahar Bagh by activists, believed to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, on the directions of the Allahabad High Court.        

IG (Law and Order) H R Sharma said around 3,000 encroachers pelted stones and later opened fire at the police team as they reached the spot.

In retaliation, the police had to fire after using batons and tear gas at them, he said. Chief Medical Officer of the district Vivek Mishra said five protesters and two policemen were killed in the clashes.               

Mishra said at least four dozen people, including, two dozen police personnel, were injured in the skirmishes.  

Search operations were on in Jawahar Bagh though activists of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi were evicted by the joint operation of police, PAC and RAF. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed grief over the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the deceased policemen.

He directed the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) to rush to the spot and bring the situation under control.

He also directed that additional police reinforcement be rushed to the area and the guilty be arrested.

Ram Vraksha Yadav, leader of the activists, and the security officer of the group Chandan Gaur managed to flee along with thousands of their supporters, DM Rajesh Kumar said.

The activists used not only hand grenades but also opened fire from automatic weapons after taking position at tree tops, he said.               

The area was filled with smoke due to blast of hand grenades and LPG cylinders following which several huts caught fire, the DM said.     

Over two years ago, activists of splinter group of Baba Jai Gurudeo, claiming themselves to be member of 'Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi', had occupied hundreds of acres of land of Jawahar Bagh on the pretext of 'dharna'.             

Their demands included "cancellation" of election of President and Prime Minister of India, replacement of existing currency with 'Azad Hind Fauj' currency, sale of diesel at the rate of 60 litres for one rupee and petrol at the rate of 40 litres for one rupee. The high court had, acting on a PIL, recently directed the authorities to vacate the land.

(With inputs from PTI)


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