Uttar Pradesh government today transferred the District Magistrate and the Senior Superintendent of Police of Mathura following the violence in the district that left 29 dead even as a probe is on into the clashes.
This is what Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted.
— CM Office, GoUP (@CMOfficeUP) June 6, 2016
District Magistrate Rajesh Kumar and SSP Rakesh Kumar Singh were transferred days after violence broke out when police tried to evict encroachers from Jawahar Bagh park in Mathura.
Singh has been replaced by SP Jalaun, Babloo Kumar, an official release said.
(A fire breaks out after clashes between police and encroachers, believed to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, who were being evicted from Jawahar Bagh on June 2, 2016 in Mathura, India. The squatters belonged to Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi group and claimed to be true followers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose have illegally occupied public land from last two years. Photo by Anant Ram/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
However, the name of the new district magistrate is yet to be announced.
So far, 45 cases have been registered against 3,000 encroachers belonging to a cult - Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi - an outfit that claimed to owe allegiance to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
The transfers were ordered even as Aligarh Divisional Commissioner Chandra Kant launched a probe to ascertain the circumstances leading to the incident, which left the Samajwadi Party government red-faced and invited sharp criticism from the opposition.
(Policemen stand outside a park, a day after clashes between police and squatters, in Mathura, India, June 3, 2016. REUTERS/K. K. Arora)
The violent clashes claimed the lives of Superintendent of Police (City) Mukul Dwivedi and SHO Santosh Kumar. Ram Vriksha Yadav, the cult leader, was also among those dead.
Akhilesh Yadav government came under fire over the incident, with Home Minister Rajnath Singh alleging law and order had collapsed in the state and asking it to write to the Centre to institute a CBI probe.