The mother of superintendent of police Mukul Dwivedi, who was killed on Thursday in clashes during a drive to evict illegal occupants of a park in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district, on Friday rejected the compensation offered by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and said she wants her son back .
“I don’t want money. The chief minister can take Rs. 20 lakh from us, but he should bring back our son. Did they send my son to Mathura so that he gets killed? What will I do now? I have two sons, one is in Dubai. Earlier, he was in Bareilly but he was promoted to Mathura,” the grieving mother told ANI.
The Uttar Pradesh government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh each for the families of the martyred policemen.
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At least 21 people, including two cops, were killed in violent clashes between the police and illegal occupants of a land in Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh area on Thursday night.
Violence erupted during a police drive to evict about 3,000 people who had encroached into the Jawahar Bagh park. The squatters said they were followers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Dwivedi and Yadav were among the dead while city magistrate Ram Araj Yadav was among the 100-odd injured in the agitation that lasted for almost four hours.
District magistrate Rajesh Kumar said the leader of the activists, Ram Vraksha Yadav, and the security officer of the group Chandan Gaur managed to flee along with thousands of supporters.
The activists used hand grenades and opened fire from automatic weapons after taking position on tree tops, he said.
Given the explosions, the area was filled with smoke and several huts caught fire, Kumar said.
For two years, about 280 acres of the park had been occupied by the members of the Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi in a sit-in demonstration, demanding the cancellation of the elections of the President and Prime Minister of India, replacing the existing currency with ‘Azad Hind Fauj’ currency and the sale of 60 litres of diesel and 40 litres of petrol for Rs 1, among others things.
Acting on a PIL, the Allahabad high court recently directed authorities to vacate the land.
Uttar Pradesh’s director general of police, Javed Ahmed, said that there was unprovoked firing from members of group when police attempted to remove them. He claimed that heavily armed men from the other side fired at the police and the latter had to resort to a baton charge, tear gas shelling and finally gun fire.
In light of the “tense” situation, Ahmed said reinforcements, including senior police officers, are being sent to the area.