The Uttar Pradesh government transferred the district magistrate and senior superintendent of police of Mathura on Monday following violence in the district that left 29 dead.
“#UPCM@yadavakhilesh instructions, DM/SSP Mathura has been transferred. New incumbents will join soon,” chief minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted.
District magistrate Rajesh Kumar and SSP Rakesh Kumar Singh were transferred days after violence broke out when police tried to evict encroachers from Jawahar Bagh park in Mathura.
Principal Secretary, Home, Debashish Panda said, “superintendent of police, Jalaun, Babloo Kumar has been appointed SSP Mathura”. “DM Rajesh Kumar has been replaced by Nikhil Chandra Shukla”, said principal secretary appointment, KS Atoriya.
So far, 45 cases have been registered against 3,000 encroachers belonging to a cult - Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi - an outfit that claimed to owe allegiance to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
The transfers were ordered even as Aligarh divisional commissioner Chandra Kant launched a probe to ascertain the circumstances leading to the incident, which left the Samajwadi Party government red-faced and invited sharp criticism from the opposition.
Meanwhile the state police have launched statewide search to nab the activists of the cult- Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagarhi that owes allegiance to Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena.
“During investigation the district police found that along with UP the network of Sena was spread to neighbouring states- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Haryana. We will take assistance of the neighbouring states to nab the perpetrators who are absconding”, said a senior police officer.
Bahujan Samaj Party, chief Mayawati said, “instead of indulging in political gimmicks over Mathura violence the central government should take appropriate Constitutional and legal action against the state government”.
The violent clashes claimed the lives of superintendent of police (city) Mukul Dwivedi and SHO Santosh Kumar. Ram Vriksha Yadav, the mastermind of the violence, was also among those dead.
The UP government came under fire over the incident, with home minister Rajnath Singh alleging law and order had collapsed in the state and asking it to write to the Centre to institute a CBI probe.
(With inputs from PTI)