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Mathura violence: 24, including SP and SHO, killed; 365 arrested, UP CM orders probe

Uttar Pradesh Police Has Made 368 Arrests In Connection With The Violence In Mathura Even As The Four Main Accused In The Clashes Between Police And Members Of A Sect Are Absconding.

PTI | Updated on: 03 Jun 2016, 09:13:08 PM

New Delhi:

Uttar Pradesh Police has made 368 arrests in connection with the violence in Mathura even as the four main accused in the clashes between police and members of a sect are absconding.

“Police has registered a case under sections 147, 148, 149, 307, 302, 353, 186, 188 of IPC and section 7 of Criminal Law Amendment Act against 11 named and 2500-3000 unnamed persons,” Uttar Pradesh IG (Law and Order) Hari Ram Sharma said.

He said among those arrested, 58 are accused in the case registered on a complaint by Sadar police station officer Pradip Kumar while 310 people were held for breach of peace.

Police has also recovered 58 weapons and 184 used and live cartridges from the area hit by violence in which 24 people including Superintendent of Police (City) Mukul Dwivedi and Farah Station House Officer Santosh Yadav were killed.

Sharma said enquiry into the violence is on and action will be taken if any official is found guilty regarding the clashes between police and the members of the sect, who had illegally set up a camp on an over 260-acre plot in Jawahar Bagh for last two years.

The entire area has been cleared, he said.

“We have identified four main boys who are behind this entire incident and absconding right now,” said Daljeet Singh, Additional Director General (law and order) of Uttar Pradesh Police.

“Ram Vriksh Yadav, Chandan Bose, Girish Yadav and Rakesh Gupta are identified as the main culprits of the violence and we are definitely going to hunt them,” he said.

“We have asked the Special Task Force (STF) and local police in Mathura and neighbouring districts to hunt them and arrest them at the earliest,” he added.

According to Singh, the sect members numbering around 3000 were from different parts of the state as well as outside and theirs was an “unlawful assembly”.

There were people from different parts of Uttar Pradesh including Ghazipur and Badayun as well as from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh and a few from Nepal, he said.

“It was just an unlawful assembly, they gathered here for a quite long time,” he added.

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First Published : 03 Jun 2016, 08:47:00 AM