Two police officers, six protestors were killed and 40 people injured in clashes during an eviction drive in the Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh on Thursday.
Spread across 280 acres, Jawahar Bagh had been occupied by encroachers claiming to be ‘satyagrahi’ and followers of Subhash Chandra Bose, for the past two years. These squatters had been involved in violent clashes in the past.
When authorities tried to evict them on Thursday, the encroachers offered stiff resistance and fired at the police.
Farah police station officer, Santosh Yadav, who was seriously injured after a bullet injury in the head, died later.
Mathura superintendent of police Mukul Dwivedi also succumbed to injuries.
Chief medical officer of the district, Vivek Mishra, confirmed that six protesters and two senior policemen were killed.
However, the hutments of the encroachers were burnt and they were seen running away from Jawahar Bagh.
UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Mathura administration issued them notices to vacate the place but to no effect.
Around 3,000 encroachers claiming to be activists of ‘Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena’ had been illegally occupying the park for two years. Notably, the high court directed the Mathura administration to initiate necessary action to remove encroachments from Jawahar Bagh.