A 72-year-old follower of Jai Gurudev facing trial in the murder case of Additional Superintendent of Police Mukul Dwivedi and sub-inspector Santosh Yadav, who were killed during the violence at Jawahar Bagh in Mathura on June 2, died at the district jail on Saturday.
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While the autopsy report is still awaited, jail officials claimed the death occurred due to cardiac arrest.
Superintendent of Mathura district jail P D Salonia said the undertrial, Mewalal, complained of problem in breathing around 10 am Saturday, and was rushed to the district hospital on the advice of the jail doctor.
However, Mewalal died a few minutes after reaching the district hospital.
“It appears that Mewalal died of heart failure, but postmortem report will confirm the exact cause of death,” said the superintendent. A native of Auraiya district, Mewalal had been lodged in jail since June 4.
“We have informed Mewalal’s family in Auraiya. No other family member of Mewalal is lodged in jail,” added Salonia.
Twenty-nine persons, including then SP (City) Mukul Dwivedi and Station Officer (Farah police station) Santosh Yadav, were killed in a clash when police carried out an operation to vacate Jawahar Bagh.
The government property had been encroached upon for more than two years by a group of people under the banner of Swadheen Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah, also known as Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena and Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena. The people were Jai Gurudev followers.
The leader of the mob, Ram Vriksh Yadav, also reportedly died in the violence.
In September, Mathura police filed a chargesheet against 101 persons, including Mewalal, for the murder of police officers at Jawahar Bagh. A chargesheet had been filed on different charges including murder, attempt to murder and rioting.
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