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UP clash: 1 policeman killed, 5 injured

The incident occurred when the policemen were trying to remove encroachment upon a land in Mathura on the directions of the Allahabad High Court, IG (Law and Order) H R Sharma told.

By: PTI | Lucknow |
June 3, 2016 12:40:13 am
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A policeman was on Thursday killed and five others, including a senior officer, were injured in violence during an anti-encroachment drive in Mathura district, a top official said.

The incident occurred when the policemen were trying to remove encroachment upon a land in Mathura on the directions of the Allahabad High Court, IG (Law and Order) H R Sharma told.

Read | UP clash: SP, five other cops injured in Mathura

“Santosh Kumar, SHO, Sarah police station was killed in firing by the encroacher, whereas SP (City) Mukul Dwivedi also sustained bullet injury and he critical,” he said.

Sharma said around 3000 encroacher pelted stones and later opened fire at the police team as they reached the spot.

In retaliation, the police had to fire after using batons and tear gas at them, he said.

Four more policemen were injured in the clash with two sustaining bullet injuries, adding, the operation is still on.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed grief over the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the deceased policeman.

He directed the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) to rush to the spot and bring the situation under control.

He also directed that additional police reinforcement be rushed to the area and the guilty be arrested.

Over two years ago, activists of splinter group of Baba Jai Gurudeo, claiming themselves to be member of ‘Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi’, had occupied hundreds of acres of land of Jawahar Bagh on the pretext of ‘dharna’.

Their demands included cancellation of election of President and Prime Minister of India, replacement of existing currency with ‘Azad Hind Fauj’ currency, sale of diesel at the rate of 60 litres for one rupee and petrol at the rate of 40 litres for one rupee.

The high court, acting on a PIL, had recently directed the authorities to vacate the land.

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