Mathura, June 13: Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, that was burning in protests and bloodshed last week is still coming to terms from the irreparable loss. The violence killed at least 27 people including an SHO and an SP.
There were reports that the alleged mastermind behind Mathura clashes, Ramvriksh Yadav was burnt alive in the fire during the mayhem and was later cremated by his family.
But, from last few days, some reports are doing the rounds that he may be alive. However, no official confirmation has come on the same.
On June 8, an advocate named Shashikant Gautam had claimed that 60-year-old self-proclaimed guru is alive. He also claimed that 600 people lost their lives in the recent riots.
Who was Ramvriksh Yadav?
Yadav was a resident of Raipur Bagpur village, under Mardah police station of Ghazipur district, and was leading the protesters under the umbrella 'Swadheen Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah'. He was operating an organisation called Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah (SBVS).
Yadav was a farmer, who had shifted from Madhya Pradesh to Mathura in 2012 with his family members. He did his graduation from a college in Mau district.
He left behind his wife, two sons and two daughters.
In 1984 assembly elections and in 1991 general elections, he unsucessfully contested from Zahoorabad and Gazipur, under Baba Jai Guru Dev's Doordarshi Party. He also authored a book titled 'Vidhik Satyagrah'.
Uttar Pradesh government was providing him a monthly pension of Rs 15,000 as Loktantra Rakshak Senani.
As his clout swelled with a political backing, he became the messiah of illegal encroachers and helped around 3,000 of them settled at 280-acre Jawahar bagh.
Yadav reportedly owned property worth Rs 4,000 crore and 250 cars. He made himself an inheritor of late spiritual guru Jai Gurudev's death.
Yadav demanded scrapping of polls for the post of prime minister and president in India.
Interestingly, Yadav was a follower of late freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, whose existence aslo turned into a mystery whether he was alive or dead and it is still under heated debate today. He used call himself a member of Azad Hind Fauz.