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Justice for SP Mukul Dwivedi
Mathura SP Mukul Dwivedi and SHO Santosh Kumar Yadav killed: What is the price tag you put on human life in today's Uttar Pradesh?
On Thursday during a violent clash with encroachers in Jawahar Bagh area of Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh, SP (City) Mukul Dwivedi and Station House Officer (Farah) Santosh Kumar Yadav lost their lives.

Autopsy report has confirmed that while SP Dwivedi died of injuries caused by blunt objects, SHO Santosh Yadav was shot on the head with a .315 bore country-made pistol.

Here are a few facts about the unfortunate incident which took place in Mathura on Thursday:

  • Dwivedi was attacked by encroachers when he entered the Jawahar Bagh area along with his team. It has been alleged that he was pulled inside by the illegal occupants and beaten up by them with sticks causing severe head injuries and multiple fractures.

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav had earlier announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for both the slain police officers, which he later revised to Rs 50 lakh, along with a government job for one member of the family.

  • As per eyewitness accounts, at the time of the clash SP Dwivedi was accompanied by at least 8 senior officials. When the encroachers started beating SP Dwivedi, SHO Yadav tried to save him and got shot in the head.

  • Ironically, all other officers accompanying Dwivedi including area Circle Officer and inspectors, escaped from the spot, instead of saving SP Dwivedi.

  • The police force which was sent to Jawahr Bagh was not briefed on what they might face. They were not even aware of the firepower of the illegal occupants and that they were ready to retaliate in case the police attacked them.

  • 29 people, including SP Dwivedi and SHO Yadav lost their lives in the massive clash between the police and the encroachers. The police arrested 124 people in connection with the clash.

  • The probe into the Jawahar Bagh incident has begun and a report will be tabled within a fortnight by Aligarh Commissioner Chandra Kant.

Ram Vriskh Yadav, the megalomaniac behind Thursday's clash with the police. A man who ruled over 250 acres of land, bang in the middle of Mathura and had 3000 followers.

  • Ram Vriksh Yadav's story is a bizzare and audacious tale which reminds you of a Hindi movie, with a larger-than-life villain having high political connections.

  • Ram Vriksh Yadav ran a cult organization called `Swadhin Bharat Subhash Sena', accused of occupying the 250 acre piece of land in the middle of Mathura since 2014.

  • Swadhin Bharat had arrived in Mathura in April, 2014 from Madhya Pradesh's Sagar district, seeking permission to halt for a few days on their way to Delhi to stage a protest at Jantar Mantar.

  • But, apparently they never left Mathura and soon their insane ideas and notions became to be known. Some of their bizzare demands included, annulling the election of the President and Prime Minister of India, issuing the `Azad Hind' currency and sale of 40-60 litres of fuel for one rupee.

  • Through their dreamy ideology, Swadhin Bharat gave an impression of following the path of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

  • Any visitors, including Horticulture Department staff were met with hostility and violence, if they tried to enter the territory under Swadhin Bharat's dominance and were chased off the area. Many have alleged that the whimsical outfit ran a parallel government, administration and even their own parliament.

  • Although FIRs were filed and the District Magistrate swung into action, those two days became two years, clearly indicating that the group enjoyed political patronage.

  • IG (Law and Order) SR Shrama told the media that Ram Vriksh Yadav was killed in Thursday's clash along with 11 others after a fire broke out by a cylinder blast set off by encroachers.

All these aspects of the incident need to be thoroughly investigated to unearth the truth, as two soldiers and upholders of law have lost their lives. What is the going rate for a human life in today's Uttar Pradesh? A state where law and order, it seems does not exist.

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