Mathura clashes: Death toll climbs to 24, BJP calls for judicial probe

As police work on containing the situation in Mathura, where 24 people were killed and over 100 injured in clashes between police and members of a sect, the BJP has called for a judicial probe in the matter.
Violence erupted on Thursday when police moved to evict about 3,000 people from Jawahar Bagh park who claimed to be true followers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Police claimed they were fired at, unprovoked.
Among the dead were superintendent of police, Mukul Dwivedi, and Farah station house officer, Santosh Yadav. On Friday morning, police said they had recovered a cache of arms and spent bullets from AK 47 rifles, and arrested 320 people.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav ordered the divisional commissioner of Mathura to investigate the violence while the Centre, in turn, sought a report from the state government. Union home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Yadav and assured the state of all necessary help.
Director general of police (DGP), Javeed Ahmed, denied any political pressure and said the funding to the encroachers needed to be investigated. “Those arrested would face action under the National Security Act (NSA),” he said.

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