Mathura, June 4: UP Police confirmed on Saturday (June 4) that Ram Vriksh Yadav, the leader of the cult which clashed with the law-keepers here on Thursday (June 2), was among those who were killed in the violence. [Mathura episode showed how State creates Frankenstein and then nails it]
Twenty-four people, including a superintendent of police and a station house officer, were killed in the clashes. [Killings of top cops in UP show the rising goon culture in UP]
Yadav was the key accused in leading the violence and reportedly running a camp backed by a private army which had taken over Mathura's Jawahar Bagh. The cult, known as Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah, claims itself to be made of political and social revolutionaries and fight for unique goals like abolition of elections and providing cheap fuel. [Mathura MP Hema Malini was tweeting about her latest film even as her constituency burned]
More than 3,000 members of the cult attacked nearly a thousand police personnel with arms after the latter tried to evict them. [Can CM bring back my son, says slain SP's mother]
The cult members even blasted cooking gas cylinders that caused most of the deaths. Yadav, too, appeared to be among those who were killed in the fire and sustained burns, the police said.
Many of the bodies could not be identified till Saturday evening since they were completely charred.
The government reportedly began the eviction drive a month ago after the final appeal by Yadav was turned down by the court. Essential services like electricity and water were also cut off.