Mathura: In Jawahar Bagh violence case, all 45 accused were convicted on Tuesday. They have all been sentenced to a maximum of three years of imprisonment. However, main accused Chandan Bose, his wife Poonam and another woman, Shyamwati, were acquitted, said ANI. (Also read: Court Asks CBI to Furnish DNA Reports)
As many as 29 people had died in the violence way back in 2016 when the police tried to evict encroachers from the compound of Jawahar Bagh from where a huge cache of arms was also recovered. Mathura Senior Superintendent of Police Rakesh Singh had said that 45 cases were registered against 3,000 encroachers belonging to Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi–an outfit that claimed to owe allegiance to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Aligarh Divisional Commissioner Chandra Kant had launched a probe to ascertain the circumstances leading to the incident, which has left the Samajwadi Party government of Uttar Pradesh red-faced and invited sharp criticism from the Opposition as well.
Kant said he would go into the cause for the incident and ascertain the likely lapses.
“Why the incident took place, whether it was properly tackled, shortcomings in operation Jawahar Bagh, what was the level of shortcomings, whether firing orders were given late…Any other points will be looked into,” Kant told reporters. Combing operations are underway to look for explosives and hidden weapons and would continue,” SSP Rakesh Singh said, adding some more arrests were likely to track down people who provided financial support and firearms to Ram Vriksha Yadav, the cult leader, who was among those dead during the clashes.
His body was found among 11 charred to death in the fire that was caused by gas cylinder explosions set off by the squatters who were occupying the public park. Bodies of ten encroachers, including two women, were identified by their accomplices lodged in jail.