Mathura violence: Hema Malini’s Mathura visit a face-saver? BJP MP demands CBI probe

| Monday, September 5, 2016 - 13:48
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Hema Malini, CBI probe, Mathura violence

Mathura: BJP MP Hema Malini, who has been drawing flak over posting pictures of her movie shoot at a time when her Parliamentary constituency Mathura was hit by violence, reached Mathura on Saturday and demanded CBI enquiry into the violence.

The actress aimed guns at Akhilesh Yadav-led government saying that, "I've reached Mathura but where's the CM?"

"Nearly 3000 people with weapons were there, wasn't the administration aware of it? They were aware, but was unable to handle the situation," Malini said.

"The state government should have taken proper action to eradicate encroachment. Only after the High Court order, they tried to remove the protestors. The BJP demands a CBI enquiry into the whole incident," she added.

The actress, who came under criticism for tweeting pictures of her upcoming movie when Mathura was hit by one of the worst violence, had yesterday defended herself saying that she was unaware of the happenings as she was busy with her shooting.

She said being an artiste; she had given appointment for shooting for six days, which she had done.

"People are saying that there was an encroachment from over two years. But as per my knowledge, it is only for the last two months that the agitators encroached that place. I was asking the DM how it happened," Malini said.

"The incident could have been avoided. The administration was asking for extra power to control the agitators, but the UP Government did not provide them with the authority to go ahead. I was on a shoot, thus was unaware of the incident. I tweeted just like that. How would I know that the incident was going to happen? My people in Mathura told me that the situation is under control, and there is no need for me to go there," she added.

She also called on the Akhilesh Yadav-led Government to take care of the law and order properly which, according to her, had not been able to do at least in this case.

Malini in a series of tweets, earlier in the day, had shared the location of the shoot of her upcoming flick and her pleasant boat ride. Realising that she had committed a blunder, Malini, however, soon withdrew her tweet and expressed grief over the loss of lives.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Thursday's Mathura clash has risen to 24. Those killed include Mathura Superintendent of Police (City) Mukul Dwivedi, Farah Police Station SHO Santosh Yadav and 20 protesters. More than 40 people have been injured in the incident.

The incident took place when the Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena (SBSS) activists opened fire at the police party that attempted to evict the Jawahar Park late last evening. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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