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Mathura violence: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav admits to lapses on part of administration

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today admitted that there were "some lapses" on the part of administration and intelligence network that led to the Mathura incident.

"There were some lapses. Police should have gone with full preparation and after holding talks, but there was no information that they would be having so much (arms and ammunition)," Yadav told reporters on the sidelines of a programme. He said the DGP, ADG, and Principal Secretary (Home) were camping there to restore normalcy.

Yadav said the so called 'satyagrahis' were encroaching upon government land and even though several rounds of talks were held with them, they did not vacate the place. He said an inquiry was being conducted by Agra Divisional commissioner and warned that those found guilty would not be spared.

Twenty-four people, including an SP and a Station House Officer, have been killed in the massive clash between police and encroachers that broke out in Mathura on Thursday when police were trying to evict illegal occupants, believed to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, from Jawahar Bagh on Allahabad High Court orders.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Friday sought a detailed report about the Mathura incident from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

The Governor said a proper inquiry should be conducted, the accused arrested soon and strict legal action taken against them. He also expressed heartfelt sympathies for the bereaved family members of SP (City) Mukul Dwivedi and SHO Santosh Kumar.


First published: 3 June 2016, 5:57 IST