August 13, 2016 5:22:40 pm
Charges under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) have been slapped on three close aides of Ram Vriksha Yadav, the leader of the sect, members of which had encroached on government land at Jawahar Bagh area in Mathura and carried out an attack on police.
“Chandan Bose, the commander of the army of Ram Vriksha Yadav, the leader of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, his security officer Viresh Yadav and financier Rakesh Gupta have been booked under NSA,” SP (City) Alok Priyadarshi said on Saturday.
Action has been initiated against them for encroaching on government land with the help of other members of the sect and killing SP Mukul Dwivedi and SHO Santosh Yadav when police had in June tried to evict them following court orders, he said.
A total of 29 people were killed in clashes between police and members of the sect. The one-member judicial commission probing the incident has recorded statements of 57 witnesses. On Friday, it recorded statements of BJP leader Ravikant Garg and six others.
Ram Vriksh Yadav, the head of the cult outfit Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah, had such sway over his followers that continued to live in camps in Jawahar Bagh in Mathura despite being served “namak and roti (salt and chapati)” and “khichdi”, alternately as lunch and dinner.
The alleged mastermind of the violence on June 2 during police action to evict the squatters, Ram Vriksh had told his followers, who had illegally encroached the public park that police “can never attack” the camp as “they cannot use arms against women and children”. The followers who expressed desire to leave the camp for their native homes fearing action from the local administration, were “motivated to stay back” and told how they can “attack the police” if they ever raided Jawahar Bagh.
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