Mathura: Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has expressed anguish over the violent clashes that took place near Jawahar Bagh area in Mathura. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
More than 40 people including an SP and an SHO were killed in the massive clash between police and the encroachers.
Close to 3000 people were evicted on Thursday and the site had nearly turned into a warzone, according to the reports.
The clashes had turned violent when police tried evicting illegal occupants, believed to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, from Jawahar Bagh area, on the directions of the Allahabad High Court.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has also ordered a probe by the divisional commissioner of Mathura.
Spoke to UP CM Shri @yadavakhilesh and reviewed the situation in Mathura. I have also assured him of all possible help from the Centre.
— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) June 3, 2016
Superintendent of Police (City) Mukul Dwivedi succumbed to a bullet injury late on Thursday. Along with him, a Station House Officer (SHO) was also killed in clashes. Twelve other encroachers died in the violence that took place. According to the reports, at least four dozen people including, two dozen police personnel were injured in the clashes.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the deceased policeman.
DM Rajesh Kumar mentioned that the activists were offensive and used hand grenades with automatic weapons. The area was filled with smoke due to blast of hand grenades and LPG cylinders following which several huts caught fire which was finally doused by fire tenders.