The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lodged an FIR on Monday in connection with the Jawahar Bagh violence that took place in Mathura on June 2 last year, which killed 29 people. The move comes after directions from the Allahabad High Court.
CBI spokesperson R K Gaur confirmed that an FIR has been registered on the basis of a case lodged by Mathura police into the incident that took place on June 2, 2016.
Members of Ram Vriksh Yadav-led Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi cult, which had encroached upon 270-acre Jawahar Bagh for two years, had clashed with police when they tried to evict them. As many as 29 people, including an additional SP and a station officer, were killed in the clash. Police had claimed that Yadav was killed in the clash.
The state government had granted permission to Yadav’s organisation to hold a demonstration inside Jawahar Bagh for two days in January, 2014. But the group occupied the sprawling public park for over two years. The squatters were evicted amid the violence following a high court order.
A huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives were recovered from the huts erected inside the park during the illegal occupation. Delhi-based BJP leader and Supreme Court lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay and Mathura-resident Vijay Pal Singh Tomar had moved the court, demanding a CBI inquiry.
CBI had named seven persons in the FIR on various charges, including murder, attempt to murder, rioting and attacking policemen on duty. Those named in the FIR, include Rinku Kurmi from Bareilly, Amit Gupta from Kushinagar, Rampal and Dheeraj Singh from Lakhimpur, Lakshman Pasi from Buxar, Sundar Lal from Lakhimpur and Munnilal from Bihar.
Allahabad High Court had on March 2 had ordered a CBI probe into the matter asking it to investigate the circumstances leading to the unlawful occupation of public land (Jawahar Bagh) by Yadav and his followers.
The court has given CBI two months’ time to prove the violence and the state government’s inaction and submit a sealed report to the court. The government had ordered a one-man judicial commission to probe into the matter, which was stopped after the high court ordered the CBI probe.