Mathura: Police Officer Among 21 Killed in Clashes; Akhilesh Yadav Orders Probe

Violence erupted when police tried to evict illegal occupants from Jawahar Bagh on June 2 on the directions of the Allahabad high court.

The Allahabad high court had directed the authorities to vacate the land. Credit: PTI

The Allahabad high court had directed the authorities to vacate the land. Credit: PTI

Mathura: Twenty one people, including a superintendent of police (SP) and a station house officer (SHO), have been killed in a massive clash between police and encroachers that broke out on June 2 in Mathura. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered an inquiry into the violence. Some reports say 196 people have been arrested under Section 153 offences, while others put the number at over 300.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who spoke to Yadav, expressed anguish over the loss of lives and assured all necessary help to the state government.

SP City Mukul Dwivedi and Farah SHO Santosh Yadav have died in the clash, Commissioner (Agra Division) Pradeep Bhatnagar has said. A magisterial probe has been ordered.

The violence erupted when police were trying to evict illegal occupants, believed to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, from Jawahar Bagh on June 2, on the directions of the Allahabad high court.