Mas­ter­mind of the Mathura may­hem dead: UP top cop

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent letters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Ram Vrik­sha Ya­dav during Thurs­day’s vi­o­lence.

LUCKNOW: Ram Vrik­sha Ya­dav, the al­leged mas­ter­mind of the vi­o­lence in Mathura that killed 24 peo­ple, died in clashes trig­gered by a po­lice anti-en­croach­ment drive against mem­bers of his cult, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day. UP di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice Javeed Ahmed tweeted on Satur­day that Ya­dav’s as­so­ciates – mem­bers of the self-styled revo­lu­tion­ary group Swad­hin Bharat Vid­hik Satya­grah — iden­ti­fied him among the 11-odd charred bod­ies ly­ing in Mathura’s Jawa­har Bagh.

Ya­dav, seen in pho­tos as a small, grey­ing man dressed in kurta and dhoti, headed the lit­tle-known armed sect that called them­selves fol­low­ers of freedom fighter Ne­taji Sub­has Chan­dra Bose. They squat­ted in Jawa­har Bagh for over two years, build­ing a self-sus­tained unit in­side the 280-acre gov­ern­ment park, grow­ing veg­eta­bles and even de­vis­ing their own jus­tice sys­tem. Po­lice de­scended on the en­croach­ers late on Thurs­day af­ter a court or­dered their re­moval. But the squat­ters — who had so­phis­ti­cated arms with them — al­legedly opened fire on the force and killed two se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers.

This trig­gered clashes and ri­ot­ing in­side the park that left 24 peo­ple dead.

HT

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