Mathura clash: 14 including SP killed, over 40 injured


Mathura : In mathura a painfull incident came in light, where land dispute dissolve into the bloody war. Farah police station officer Santosh Yadav and SP (City) Mathura Mukul Dwivedi were killed when activists of Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena (SBSS) opened fire at the police party that attempted to evict it from Jawahar Park late on Thursday evening. Over 40 people and a superintendent of police (SP), a constable and 12 protesters were killed in that clash.

The violence erupted when a team of police and administrative officials launched an operation to clear hundreds of acres of government land. According to eyewitnesses, senior district officials, accompanied by a large number of policemen, reached the spot at around 4.30pm, hours after the Allahabad High Court rejected SBSS's petition seeking continuation of the dharna and attempted to evict the 3000 odd encroachers. In retaliation, the encroachers allegedly opened fire at the police party and both Santosh and Dwivedi sustained bullet injuries on their heads. While Santosh was declared brought dead at the hospital, Dwivedi's condition was reported to be critical. He later succumbed to his injuries.

The encroachers also allegedly resorted to widespread arson, setting police and other government vehicles and property afire. Eyewitnesses claimed that trouble started when the police party attempted to enter the Jawahar Bagh premises by breaking its periphery wall. Sensing trouble, the encroachers resorted to "unprovoked" firing, taking the police party by surprise.

Subsequently, the police also fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells and resorted to a cane charge to disperse the violent encroachers, which included women and children also. More than 40 SBSS activists were admitted to hospital with various injuries. The police action on the encroachers, who have been illegally occupying the park since 2014, began hours after the high court had rejected petition filed by Dalvir Singh, follower of Baba Jai Gurudev, seeking relief against Mathura administration's attempts to evict activists for Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena, who have been illegally holding a dharna and occupying the Jawahar Bagh for the last two years. 

The court, while rejecting the petition, also imposed cost of Rs 50,000, as the petitioners had failed to comply with the earlier orders of the district administration to vacate the government property. As reported earlier, the SBSS activists have been illegally occupying the public park for the last two and half years and various attempts by the administration to evict them had proved futile. In fact the, high court had last year directed the administration to take all necessary steps and precautions to ensure that the public park is not encroached upon. On April 15, the administration had given a 48-hour ultimatum to the encroachers but it lapsed too without any action being initiated.

While no one from the Sena was available for comment, the Facebook page of Swadheen Bharat Movement states, "We are true followers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and we want to find out all the information and the certified documents from all governing bodies, including judiciary, legislative and executive bodies of the nation. We demand all records relating to "Ruler of the Nation", law and order and also the document of citizenship (which shows how we are the citizen of the nation) to be made public".