About 200 right-wing activists gathered at senior advocate Anand Mohan Mathur’s residence on Monday evening and shouted slogans against him for questioning the government on the alleged encounter of the eight SIMI men on October 31.
Mathur was briefly put under house arrest on Saturday for trying to hold a demonstration to protest against the encounter, whose veracity has been questioned by many individuals and groups. A number of social activists were also intercepted by police from reaching Indore’s Regal Square, the site of the protest.
A witness told HT that at least 200 people gathered at Mathur’s residence near Geeta Bhawan Square on Monday and shouted slogans labeling him as anti-national. They also tried to hurl stones and cow dung at the house and blacken Mathur’s face, but about 50 policemen present at the spot foiled their efforts and dispersed them.
Several lawyers and activists have come out in support of Mathur, a former advocate general, condemning the gagging act by police and compared it with the days of emergency. Congress general secretary and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh posted a tweet demanding CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to apologise to Mathur for the treatment meted out to him by police and administration.
‘Justice Pande is known to be a sympathiser of RSS’
Meanwhile, Mathur also wrote a letter to the chief minister and demanded justice SK Pande, a retired judge of Madhya Pradesh high court, be dropped as the head of the judicial commission announced to conduct inquiry into the Bhopal jailbreak and alleged encounter.
“I have known justice Pande since the time he was a civil judge at Jabalpur. He is known to be a sympathiser of RSS and will not be the right person to probe the encounter. A senior judge from the Supreme Court should be appointed for the same, as only then can an impartial report will be expected,” said 90 year-old Mathur.