The main accused of the Mathura violence, Ramvraksha Yadav has an association with Sagar district and local sources indicate that a large number of people from the district are associated with him and used to stay at Jawahar Bagh in Mathura.
Earlier Ramvraksha was a disciple of Saint Jai Guru Dev and after the latter’s death in 2012 three groups, led by Pankaj Yadav, Umakant Tiwari and Ramvraksha had tussle over the inheritance of Guru Dev. During his lifetime, Guru Dev had announced Pankaj Yadav as his heir and the latter occupied the position after his death despite opposition from Ramvraksha.
Accused formed a religious group
Ramvrakhsa later formed a religious group called Swaadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah Sanghathan and in 2014 had come to Sagar to garner support for his campaign which included an agitation march from Sagar to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. On way to Delhi, he along with his followers (from Sagar, UP, MP, Bihar and Jharkhand) stopped at Mathura on April 18, 2014 and reached Jawahar Bagh.
Sagar district has many followers of Saint Jai Guru Dev and most of them are Dalits or belong to other backward classes (OBCs) like Yadav, Patel, Kurmi and Lodhi. They have some ashrams near Sagar. Sihora village, which is around 20 km from Sagar, has a small ashram were cult religious activities are held.
Ramji Thakur, a prominent ex-office bearer of the ashram, told HT that a few years ago Ramvraksha had come here during a religious gathering. Thakur also said that after saint Dev’s death, Ramvraksha formed a new organization and came to Sagar to recruit his old acquintances in his organization. He said there must be many people from Sagar who had joined him and it’s possible that at Mathura some of them were there during Thursday’s violence.
Police have received info about Ramvraksha’s association with Sagar: SP
Sagar superintendent of police (SP) Sachin Atulkar said that he had received certain information from locals about Ramvraksha’s association with Sagar. Police inquired about it but have got nothing substantial. So far there is no alert from the senior level or Uttar Pradesh police in this matter, the SP added.
According to police sources, the police are monitoring the situation and keeping a tight vigil on Ramvraksha and his followers from Sagar and nearby places as the possibility of his absconding couldn’t be ruled out.