Mathura: Clashes over anti-encroachment drive leave 2 cops, 19 others dead

Sporadic triggers Taking down a loudspeaker from a temple led to clashes with the police in Moradabad district
Photo for representation. PC: Pramod Singh Adhikari

In clashes during a drive to evict illegal occupants of a park in Mathura district, a superintendent of police (SP), a sub-inspector and 12 protesters were killed and over a 100 people were injured on Thursday evening.

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

According to eyewitnesses, senior district officials, accompanied by a large number of policemen, reached the spot at around 4.30 pm.

IG (Law and Order) H R Sharma said around 3000 encroachers pelted stones and later opened fire at the police team as they reached the spot. SP (City) Mathura Mukul Dwivedi and SHO Santosh Yadav sustained bullet injuries on their heads. While Yadav was brought dead, Dwivedi succumbed to his injuries.

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.

With the situation remaining severely tense in Mathura following the violent clashes, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and assured him of complete help from the Centre.