CBI initiates probe into Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh violence

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New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The CBI on Tuesday said it has registered a case to probe the Jawahar Bagh park violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district last year, in which over 20 people, including two police officials, were killed during a drive to evict squatters.

The agency’s move came following the Allahabad High Court order.

In June 2016, members of the Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi cult, led by Ram Vriksh Yadav, had clashed with police when it tried to evict them from government land at Jawahar Bagh. Yadav was killed in the clash.

The Uttar Pradesh government had in January 2014 granted permission to Yadav’s organisation to hold a demonstration inside Jawahar Bagh for two days.

However, members of the group occupied the sprawling public park for more than two years.

Following a High Court order, the squatters were evicted from the park amid largescale violence.

A huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives were seized from the huts erected inside the park during illegal occupation.

–IANS

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