इंडियन आवाज़     14 Apr 2024 08:13:54      انڈین آواز

2 Policemen, 5 protestors killed in clashes in Mathura, UP

(Last Updated On: 03/06/2016)



Two policemen, including an SP-rank officer and five protesters were killed and 50 people, many of them cops, injured in clashes during a drive to evict illegal occupants of a land in Mathura district, a Uttar Pradesh official said.

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.

“There was unprovoked firing from the members of an offshoot of the Jai Gurudev sect. Heavily armed men from the other side fired at the police,” said Javed Ahmed, the chief of Uttar Pradesh police.

To control the crowd, the police resorted to lathicharge and tear gas shells and finally opened fire.

Daljeet Chaudhary, a senior police officer, said a police station in-charge died in the clashes. He had been shot in the head. A senior police officer who was injured in the clashes, died later. Casualties are feared on the other side as well.

Calling the situation “tense”, Mr Ahmed said reinforcements, including senior police officers, are being sent to the area.

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 told media that around 3000 encroachers pelted stones and later opened fire at the police team as they reached the spot.

In protection, 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.

SP (City) Mukul Dwivedi and SHO, Farah police station, Santosh Kumar were killed in firing by the encroaches, police said.

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

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.

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.

Two years ago, the 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 like 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 Allahabad High Court, acting on a PIL, had recently ordered the authorities to get the land vacated.

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