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A week after fury, whereabouts of many Ramvriksh followers unknown

nation Updated: Jun 09, 2016 07:04 IST

AGRA: About 24 Netaji cult members died in the police action in Jawahar Bagh on Thursday and around 300 were arrested, according to official figures. But where did the rest of Ramvriksh Yadav followers go?

About 3,000 squatters occupied Jawahar Bagh till June 2. But after the police action, the whereabouts of many of them are unknown. They were seen running on Mathura roads and were beaten by the locals but were allowed to move on. But on Friday, they were not seen anywhere, fuelling apprehensions that the number of deaths could have been more, as suggested by Tarani Kumar Gautam, who claims to be Ramvriksh’s lawyer. Jawahar Bagh remained closed from Friday till Sunday and only local administration and police had access.

“After Kans, the ruler of Mathura in Hindu mythology, no one was more hated by Mathura residents than Ramvriksh. Once police action began on Thursday night, encroachers ran to save themselves through any exit available, including the police lines. They were seen running on tehsil road,” said Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, a lawyer who had filed a petition in the HC to get Jawahar Bagh vacated by the squatters.

“The cult members were seen running here and there and were beaten up by those who had gathered on roads near Jawahar Bagh. However, no one was nabbed as police was focusing on action within Jawahar Bagh,” he said.

There were reports that were asking the address ofJaiGurud ev Ashram on Agra Delhi highway in Mathura. However, the management of Jai Gurudev Ashram denied any link with the squatters.

Mathura administration and police had also appealed to residents to not give them shelter. So it seems highly improbable that any of the residents housed them.

First Published: Jun 09, 2016 07:04 IST