Facing flak over Mathura violence and giving in to the pressure from Opposition BJP and BSP, the Akhilesh Yadav government Tuesday constituted a one-member judicial commission headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge, Mirza Imtiyaz Murtaza. The commission, which will be given an office in Lucknow, has been asked to complete the inquiry in two months.
“A judicial probe has been ordered into Mathura violence. Justice (retd) Imtiyaz Murtaza will conduct the inquiry. The situation is under control in Mathura. The new District Magistrate and SSP have also taken charge,” said Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan.
The commission will inquire into six aspects related to the clash between the police and the encroachers at Jawahar Bagh on June 2 , which left 29 people including two policemen dead. Apart from looking into the reasons and circumstances that led to the incident, the commission will go through the information gathered by the intelligence unit, the role played by the district administration and police officers, and also the role of the supervising police and administrative officers.
It will also look into the work-plan and the strategy that was prepared by the police and the administration to prevent any untoward incident during the exercise to free the government land from encroachment.
Earlier, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had last year recommended the name of Justice Murtaza for consideration as Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta before the selection committee, which met on the directions of the Supreme Court. According to sources, Murtaza’s name was also among the five names that were placed before the Supreme Court on December 16, 2015 for appointment to the post of Lokayukta.