The Mathura Police has launched a massive manhunt for Ramvrish Yadav, who is believed to be the mastermind of yesterday's violence in the city in which 24 people, including two cops were killed. According to official sources, it was Yadav who had provoked people inside Jawahar Bagh to attack the police contingent.
Twelve teams have been formed to nab Yadav, however, the police has had little success so far.
Over 2500 people were inside Jawahar Bagh when the police launched the anti-encroachment drive to push out the illegal occupants who have been living there for the past two years. Police and local administration had tried to clear the place but failed.
Sources said the state government may take action against top police officers stationed in Mathura as they failed to gauge the situation. The Mathura Police also failed to gather any information about the number and strength of the people inside Jawahar Bagh. A probe panel has been formed under supervision of the Commissioner of Aligarh whoÂ will submit report on the whole incident.
While locals in Mathura have blamed the police of deliberately turning a blind eye towards the issue in Jawahar Bag due political pressure, the cops have denied it. Police action came only after a high court's deadline to evict the land grabbers.
At least 24 people, including an SP and an SHO, were killed in clashes between police and encroachers yesterday. Among those killed in the firing are SHO Santosh Kumar and Superintendent of Police (SP) Mukul Dwivedi. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed grief over the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the deceased policemen. Over 360 people have been arrested in violent eviction drive in Mathura.
"The police committed a mistake by launching the operation to evict the illegal occupants without full preparation. There was so much danger involved. No one knew how many explosives were inside," Akhilesh told reporters. Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmad said that the police is preparing to slap the National Security Act (NSA) against the leaders of the protesters along with others who have been illegally occupying Mathura's Jawahar Bagh for the last two years. Nearly 3,000 people had illegally set up a camp on an over 260-acre plot for last two years.
"Our two young officers laid down their lives while protecting the law and with a heavy heart we bid adieu to them," the DGP told reporters.