Mathura Anti-Encroachment Drive Turns Brutal: City SP Among 21 People Killed

Two policemen, including SP (City) Mathura Mukul Dwivedi and Farah police station officer Santosh Yadav, and 19 protestors were killed and over 100 people got injured in a clash between police and encroachers during an anti-encroachment drive in Jawahar Park in Mathura district.

Dwivedi was leading the operation following the orders of Allahabad high court to clear the park of encroachment. However, when a large number of policemen, reached the spot, activists of Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena (SBSS) opened fire at the police party that attempted to evict them from the park.

Both Yadav and Dwivedi sustained bullet injuries on their heads, and succumbed to their injuries.

The SBSS claims to be true followers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

“Country-made guns, rifles, pistols and cartridges have been recovered from the spot. A search operation is under way,” ADG (Law and Order) Daljeet Singh Chaudhary said. Over 200 people have been detained for questioning.

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered a probe into the incident.

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav huffingtonpost

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav huffingtonpost

Reports suggest that the encroachers resorted to “unprovoked” firing, when the police party attempted to enter the Jawahar Park premises by breaking its periphery wall.

According to District Magistrate (DM) Rajesh Kumar, the activists not only used hand grenades, but also opened fire from automatic weapons after taking position at tree tops.

Subsequently, the police also fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells and resorted to a cane charge to disperse the violent encroachers, which included women and children also. About 100 SBSS activists have been admitted to local hospitals with various injuries.

The activists of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi were finally evicted by the joint operation of police, PAC and RAF.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the deceased policemen.

Various attempts in the past to evict the SBSS activists had been futile. Last year, the high court directed the administration to take all necessary steps and precautions to ensure that the public park is not encroached upon. The administration on April 15 had given a 48-hour ultimatum to the encroachers but it lapsed too without any action being initiated.



The demands of ‘Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi’ includes “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 incident has come as a setback to the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in the state which braces for elections early next year and is already faced with charges of lawlessness in the state.

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