A woman follower has named her newborn son Ramvriksh Yadav after the cult leader who was among the 29 people killed in a clash when police removed squatters for a park in neighbouring Mathura on June 2.
Dharamwati, who was arrested from the Jawahar Bagh that the cult had occupied for more than two years, gave birth to a baby boy at the Etah jail hospital late Friday.
“I had nothing to do with violence that occurred nor I ever met Ramvriksh Yadav but to keep alive the memory of my stay, I intend to name him after cult leader,” Dharamwati, now a mother of four, said.
She is among the 96 women followers arrested on the night of June 2 for disturbing peace in the temple town of Mathura. They were later shifted from the Mathura jail to Etah with their children.
The newborn was also being called ‘Jailee’, as he was born in jail, a hospital staff said.
A resident of Kareena village in Bareilly, Dharamwati said she came to Mathura a few days before the violence broke out. They were told that a fair was being organised where stay and food would be free, she said. Her husband Sitaram, 39, is in Mathura jail.
Police action to evict followers of Ramvriksh Yadav, the leader of the Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena, on the orders of the Allahabad high court went horribly wrong. A superintend of police and a station officer were killed as security personnel came under heavy firing.
Police blamed Yadav, who claimed to be a follower of iconic freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose, for the violence. Yadav’s Sena was also demanding a set of bizarre socialist reforms, including scrapping of the positions of prime minister and president, and replacing the rupee with an ‘Azad Hind’ currency.
The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a probe into the violence after its handling of the situation was heavily criticised and cited as yet another example of deteriorating law and order situation in the state.