Mathura returning to normal after violence: Confusion over Ram Vriksh Yadav's death



Mathura : Mathura is fast limping to normalcy today after death of 24 people, including two police officers, in a clash between so called ' Satyagrahis' and police at Jawahar Bagh area in the temple city on Thursday night. Though the toll now has sticked to 24, the police was still clueless about the main accused Ram Vriksh Yadav, with some claiming he is absconding while some others say that he was among the deceased. However, after the postmortem of SP(City) Mukul Dwivedi and SHO Santosh Yadav, it is clear that lapses on the part of the district authorities took the lives of two officials. While the postmortem report of the SP says that his death was due to multiple injuries as he was lynched to death the SHO sustained bullet injury fired from a sophisticated firearms. State Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljeet Choudhury, who is camping on the spot, told here today that there was no increase in the death toll from 24, including two police officials. " The situation was fast returning to normal and police has totally cleaned up the Jawahar Bagh area," he said while adding that over 368 people have been rounded up for instigating the violence. The ADG , however, refused that the bullet shot at the SHO was from AK-47 but admitted that the SP(City) was lynched by the people. He also disclosed that several police teams have been made to nab the absconding main accused Ram Vriksha Yadav. Mr Choudhury did not comment on whether the main accused is alive or not. But some reports said that police shot him dead in the night of the operation though his body is yet to be recovered. He also ruled out involvement of naxalites in the act though said that a probe by the Divisional Commissioner would give the real picture. Meanwhile, the UP government is reportedly have sent a brief report to the Union Home Ministry about the Mathura incident, including the illegal act of the supporters of Ram Vrikahs Yadav and the police action on the directives of the Allahabad High Court. The Centre had sought a report from the State government on the incident while Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to UP CM yesterday and assured the state government of all necessary help. In the Thursday night clash 23 policemen were injured too and they are receiving treatment at different hospitals in the city. The cops so far arrested 368 persons including 310 for apprehension of breach of peace and 58 for violence besides recovering a huge cache of arms and ammunition during the search operation. A heavy police force is still patrolling in the area and both Director General of Police Javeed Ahmed and principal secretary (home) Devashish Panda had visited the spot yesterday. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ordered a probe into the violence at Jawaharbagh where nearly 3,000 people had illegally set up camp on an over 260-acre plot for last two years. "There was 'unprovoked' firing by the encroachers who pelted stones and attacked the policemen with lathis as they arrived at the site for a recce to carry out the eviction, leading to the death of Superintendent of Police, City, Mukul Dwivedi and Station House officer, Farah, Santosh Yadav”, revealed Javeed Ahmed here yesterday. He was narrating the sequence of event that took place since Thursday evening. ``The mob mercilessly beat the cops with sticks and rods and escaped after taking them as dead”, he pointed out adding that even the women climbed at the trees and fired at police personnel. The DGP had said that the protesters set afire gas cylinders and ammunition stored there which led to several explosions. "22 rioters including a woman were killed in the violence. These include 11 persons who were killed in a fire started by the agitators,"he asserted. "We have recovered 53 guns including country made revolvers, rifles, and 178 live cartridges from the area," he said. ``If Ram Vriksha Yadav was not killed in police operation than we will arrest him at earliest”, added Ahmed while replying whether Ram Vriksha was killed or escaped from the spot. Police has identified Ram Vriksh Yadav and his close associate Chandan Bose, Girish Yadav, Rinku, Dheeraj Singh, Amit, Rampal, Veeresh Yadav, Lakshman Pasi, Sunder Lal, Munni Lal and Rakesh Gupta as the main culprits out of the mob of over 2500 persons," IG Law and Order, H R Sharma said in Lucknow today. The encroachers, who were protesting under the auspices of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, were being evicted on the directions of the Allahabad High Court. They were said to be members of splinter group of Baba Jaigurudev sect and had occupied the land 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 40 litres for one rupee.

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