The Centre Friday blamed the Uttar Pradesh government for the violence in Mathura in which 24 people, including an SP and SHO, were killed, calling it a “very big lapse”.
“The incident in Mathura in which a senior police officer has been killed is a very big lapse, and the state government should look into it. We have not received a full report. When we get it, we will look into what happened. The Home Minister has also expressed concern on it. For us, it is a matter of grave concern, and such an incident should not have taken place,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told reporters.
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“It is a very unfortunate incident, and we condemn it. The Uttar Pradesh government should find out how and why such an incident took place,” Rijiju added.
To a question on whether the state government was to blame for not preventing the violence, Rijiju said, “Definitely, there was a lapse”.
The Home Ministry has already sought a report from the state government on the incident. Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to review the situation. “Spoke to UP CM Shri @yadavakhilesh and reviewed the situation in Mathura. I have also assured him of all possible help from the Centre,” Singh tweeted. “Anguished over the loss of lives in the incidents of violence in Mathura. May God give strength to the bereaved families to bear the loss,” he added.
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The violence took place in Mathura when encroachers allegedly started firing on a police team that reached Jawahar Bagh to clear the area after the Allahabad High Court ordered that acres of government land be reclaimed from the Swadheen Bharat Vidhik Satyagrahi.
The police have arrested 124 people on charges of murder and rioting in the case.
Maya blames UP govt
BSP chief Mayawati on Friday demanded the resignation of the SP government, claiming that its criminal negligence had led to the Mathura violence. “The order that a commissioner will conduct a probe is just a formality. A time-bound judicial inquiry should be ordered to bring out the truth because the SP government’s criminal negligence is responsible for the incident,” she said in a statement.
She accused the SP of protecting illegal occupants who clashed with the police. “The SP government should take responsibility for its policy, which has established jungle raj in the state,” Maya claimed.