Mathura, Jan 29 (PTI) A Mathura court has sentenced cult leader Ram Vriksha Yadav’s close aide to five years in jail for assaulting employees, including a woman, in Jawahar Bagh area here in 2016.Also Read - Money Plant Benefits: Top 5 Reasons Why You Must Keep The Beautiful Money Plant At Home - Watch Video

Additional Civil Judge Senior Division Second Jahendra Pal Singh has also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on Chandan Bose, said Prosecuting Officer Satendra Pal Singh. Also Read - Amid Controversy Over Gyanvapi And Taj Mahal, Petition Filed in Supreme Court to Conduct 'Confidential' Survey of Ancient Mosques

Bose has been sentenced to three-year imprisonment under relevant sections of the IPC and additional five years of imprisonment under Section 354 (Assault or criminal force against woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC. Also Read - RSMSSB Patwari Final Result 2021 Declared: Direct Link, Steps to Download Here

Both the sentences will run concurrently.

Twenty nine people, including two police officers, were killed during a drive to evict squatters in 2016.

On January 21, the judge had sentenced 43 other accused persons to three-year imprisonment in connection with the case.

But that time Bose, the right hand of Ram Vriksha Yadav, and another accused Harnath could not be brought from Fatehpur jail and Naini Jail, respectively and pronouncement of their judgment was deferred to January 28.

“About 150 people attacked employees of the Horticulture Department on March 15, 2016 when they were harvesting potatoes from Jawahar Bagh, major part of which was illegally occupied by Ram Vriksha Yadav and his associates,” said the prosecuting officer.

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