Jawahar Bagh rioting case: Main accused ‘Ram Vriksha Yadav was caught alive’
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Jawahar Bagh rioting case: Main accused ‘Ram Vriksha Yadav was caught alive’

Over 25 people including two senior police officers died in violence that erupted during a police drive to evict about 3,000 people who had encroached into the Jawahar Bagh Park in Mathura in 2016.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2017 01:16 IST
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hindustan Times, Agra
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Charred remains of Luxury vehicles, trucks, tractors and motorcycles lie inside Jawahar Bagh.(HT File Photo)

In a major setback to the UP police, an associate of Ram Vriksha Yadav, the main accused in the 2016 Jawahar Bagh rioting case, claimed that he never identified the body of the cult leader, as claimed by the police earlier.

Har Nath, an aide of Yadav’s, disclosed this to the media on his way out of the Mathura court, where he was brought for a hearing. Two other accused — Chandan Bose and Prem Chand — also endorsed Har Nath’s statement, with one of them claiming that he saw police take the cult leader away in a car.

Police officials had said that Ram Vriksha Yadav was killed during the clashes and his burnt body was identified by Har Nath.

On Tuesday, Vivek Yadav, Ram Vriksha’s son, had said that his father was caught alive by the Mathura police on the night of the clashes between police and squatters in Jawahar Bagh on June 2 last year.

“On the day of the incident (June 2, 2016), my father was arrested alive by police from the location near helipad of police lines in Mathura. He had no injuries on his body at that time,” he said. Vivek added that he did not know what happened to his father later.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 01:16 IST