Mathura: The land of Krishna is in news for all the wrong reasons as armed volunteers of a sect attacked a police team that had gone there for recce. The recce was a part of the drive to evict illegal occupants of a land in Mathura district. The attack killed 24, including two police officers.

SP City Mukul Dwivedi and SHO, Farah, Santosh Yadav, along with 22 others have been killed in yesterday’s violence.

The incident took place on Thursday when a policed team was attacked by a group that pelted stones and opened fire at police officers. In retaliation, the police had to fire when batons and tear gas could not control the situation. Violence had erupted when the police were trying to evict illegal occupants, believed to be from Jawahar Bagh on Thursday on the directions of the Allahabad High Court.

It is believed that the attackers, who call themselves to be volunteers, belong to Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena (SBSS) and Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi groups. 

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As per news reports over two years ago, advocates of splinter group of Baba Jai Gurudeo, claiming themselves to be member of ‘Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi’, had illegally occupied hundreds of acres of land of Jawahar Bagh on the pretext of ‘dharna’. The 260-acre park is valued in crores of rupees.

Claiming to be followers of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, the hooligan protesters demanded “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.

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UP Police has identified one of the group’s leaders, Ram Vriksha Yadav, and investigating further both him or his associates.

A magisterial probe has also been ordered and 124 people have been arrested for questioning. The UP government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh each for the families of the martyred policemen. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reviewed the situation in Mathura.

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“I have spoken to the chief minister of Uttar Pardesh and reviewed the situation in Mathura. I have assured him of all possible help from the Centre. I am anguished over the loss of lives in the incident in Mathura. May God give strength to the bereaved families,” Rajnath Singh said.

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