Mathura, June 4: Facing flak for offering a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the kin of policemen killed in Mathura violence, the Uttar Pradesh government swung into damage control mode, increasing the amount of compensation from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 50 lakhs. The family members of the deceased security personnels will be provided the compensation amount at the earliest.Also Read - Mathura Girl Raped in Moving Car on Way Back From Agra; 1 Arrested, Another Absconding
14 policemen were killed in the violence in Mathura, including Station House Officer of Farah district, Santosh Kumar Yadav, along with Mathura Superintendent of Police Mukul Dwivedi. A day earlier, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had announced Rs 20 lakh as compensation for their brave sacrifice. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) severely objected, calling it a disgrace to the security forces who risk their lives for the people. Also Read - Delhi Govt's First Train Carrying Senior Citizens to Ayodhya For Pilgrimage to Start on THIS Date
Senior BJP leader Yogi Adityanath attempted to create a communal angle out of the controversy, by recalling the compensation which was provided to Dadri lynching victim Muhammad Akhlaq’s family members. “This shows the priority of this government. They want to compensate the cow killers, but they are treating the family of our policemen like beggars,” the Gorakhpur MP had said. Akhlaq’s immediate family was given Rs 30 lakh compensation, along with Rs 5 lakh to each of his three brothers. UP government also allotted them four flats in a posh housing society of Greater Noida. Also Read - Engaged in Playing PUBG, Two Boys Run Over by Train in Mathura
Although the operation in Mathura has been called off, the state police has no clue where the leader of the cult organization, Ram Vriksha Yadav has taken refuge. According to reports, he escaped from the site, hours before police began the crackdown.