Thursday, at least 6 police men, 2 police officer and 12 protesters were purportedly killed and over 40 people injured in conflicts when nearly 2,000 members of a cult who claim to be the 'true followers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose' and a force to evict illegal occupants of a land in Mathura district.
As per media report, the police had been heading for by the Allahabad high court to clear Jawahar Bagh, which had been illegally occupied by objecting members of the Swadheen Bharat Vidhik Satyagrahi for about two and a half years.
Reportedly, the group has been demanding the annulment of elections for President and Prime Minister, the replacement of the rupee with a currency called 'Azad Hind Fauj', and the sale of 60 litres of diesel and 40 litres of petrol at Re 1 each. It was accompanied by another smaller organisation called the Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena.
Mathura police stated, “Two bullets hit Station Officer (Farah), Santosh Yadav, who was declared dead on arrival by doctors at a hospital. SP (City) Mukul Dwivedi succumbed to bullet injuries later, said doctors at the hospital.”
"We are trying to identify the miscreants to lodge an FIR," said DC Mishra, IG (Agra Zone)”, police added.
District magistrate of Mathura Rajesh Kumar said: "These activists were followers of Baba Jai Gurudeo and have named their outfit 'Swadheen Bharat Vidhik Satyagrahi'. They have occupied hundreds of acres of land at Jawahar Bagh on the pretext of holding a 'dharna' since more than two years. Even after several notices were served to them, they were not ready to leave the premises."
"The Allahabad High Court had ordered the government land vacated months ago. These activists filed a PIL in the High Court, which dismissed their plea and slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on them,” he added.