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Mathura violence: ‘A fearless police officer, he was best dealing with crowds’

DR Maurya, superintendent of District Prison (Bareilly), said, “He was the most approachable officer in the city. A fearless cop, he was the best person to deal with crowds.”

Written by Abhishek Angad | Mathura |
Updated: June 4, 2016 7:52:57 am
mathura police 759 Mukul Dwivedi (left) and Santosh Yadav

Mukul Dwivedi
SP (City), Mathura

Transferred to Agra with promotion this February, Mukul Dwivedi was the most sought-after police officer for crowd management in his last posting – as Circle Officer (CO) City 1st Bareilly. “Jab bhi kabhi yahan bheed jama hoti thhi Mukul-sir bolte thhe ki ‘apne log hain, thoda gussa hai, shant ho jayega’ (Whenever there was a gathering/protest, Mukul-sir would say that they are our people; they are a little angry now but they will calm down after a while),” said a senior police officer in Bareilly, recalling Dwivedi, 47.

DR Maurya, superintendent of District Prison (Bareilly), said, “He was the most approachable officer in the city. A fearless cop, he was the best person to deal with crowds.” Dwivedi and Maurya were neighbours in Bareilly. Because of this attribute, another officer said, he was the most sought officer for organisng any events.

On Thursday, Mukul Dwivedi was out on one such assignment — to evict the crowd from Jawahar Bagh — when he was shot while conducting a recce.

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Dwivedi is survived by parents, wife Archana, and two sons.

Santosh Yadav
SHO, Farah Police Station, Mathura

On the night of July 31 last year, the Mathura police received complaints of two incidents of vehicle robberies. Santosh Yadav was given charge of the investigation. He chased the robbers, who opened fire on the police team. Yadav retaliated and nabbed two robbers, a police officer. For his colleagues in Mathura police, that was Santosh Yadav — a cop who would not back down, notwithstanding the challenge facing him.

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He was transferred from Agra in 2013. Yadav came from Jaunpur, UP, and it had been only 20 days since he had assumed the post of SHO, Farah Police Station. He died during the clash with the protesters at Jawahar Bagh on Thursday.

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