The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday attacked the Uttar Pradesh government with statewide protests against the “collapsed law and order situation” and demanded a CBI probe into the Jawahar Bagh incident.
The Supreme Court will hear the plea for a CBI probe into the matter on Tuesday.
Barricades were erected at several places in Lucknow, and the police struggled to control the crowd as BJP workers led by senior leader Shiv Pratap Shukla attempted to march up to the chief minister’s residence.
The demonstrators waved BJP flags and shouted anti-government slogans, and were prevented from going further at the Kalidas Marg crossing connecting Park Road, less than a kilometre from the CM residence.
The protests were sparked after an anti-encroachment drive in Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh led to a clash that left 29 people dead.
Members of a little-known armed sect that called themselves followers of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and campaigned for a bizarre set of demands, including scrapping elections and the Indian currency, were squatting in the park for over two years. They had built a self-sustained unit inside the 280-acre government park, growing vegetables and even devising their own justice system.
The police descended on the encroachers late on June 2 after a court ordered their removal. But the squatters — who had sophisticated arms with them — allegedly opened fire and killed two senior police officers, including the city superintendent of police.
The BJP has blamed the Akhilesh Yadav government for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, and held demonstrations led by senior party leaders in a number of cities.
Ex-party state presidents Laxmi Kant Bajpayee, Surya Pratap Shahi and Ramapati Tripathi led the protests in Kanpur, Deoria and Maharajganj respectively. Rajnath Singh’s son, Pankaj Singh, led the protest march in Ghaziabad. Similar demonstrations were reported in Moradabad and Sultanpur.