Lucknow: Even as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday ordered a commissioner-level inquiry into the violence in Mathura, which claimed 24 lives including of two police officers, the little known cult group 'Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi' that shot into limelight in the wake of the incident have claimed to be followers of the great freedom fighter of India Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Meanwhile, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grandnephew Chandra Bose said, "Any group can take name of Subhash Bose but one has to see activities they are undertaking."
Here are some facts about the group:
1. The group has been making weird demands like removal of the President and the Prime Minister and discontinuation of the Indian currency. They want the Indian currency to be replaced by the 'Azad Hind Fauj Currency'.
2. They also want 40 litre of petrol for Re one and 60 litre of diesel for Re one.
3. The Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi and Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena are the two groups that have been protesting in the pilgrim city of Mathura for a very long time. These activists are followers of Baba Jai Gurudeo.
4. They have demanded that all the documents related to Netaji be made public. Their demands also include the cancellation of elections of the President and Prime Minister of India.
5. Both these groups have been protesting for a while, leading up to the recent violence.
6. According to UP DGP Javeed Ahmed - "Ram Vriksh Yadav, Chandan Bose, Girish Yadav and Rakesh Gupta are the main culprits and leaders of this group and if alive they will be caught by the police."
7. Police have been able to identify only one of the group's leaders, Ram Vriksha Yadav. They have no information on any other person associated to either of the groups.
8. On April 15, the Mathura administration gave a 48-hour ultimatum to evict the land to the outfit, but no one paid any heed to it. On May 25, the administration again made an attempt to evict them but failed.
Violence erupted on Thursday when police were trying to evict the heavily armed illegal occupants of Jawahar Bagh spread over 280 acres on government land in Mathura on the orders of the Allahabad High Court. The incident claimed 24 lives including of two police officers.
Police said some vehicles bearing Madhya Pradesh registration number have been found and they would be probing all angles including if there was Naxalite connection.
"These activists are followers of Baba Jai Gurudeo and have named their outfit as 'Swadheen Bharat Vidhik Satyagrahi'. They have occupied hundreds of acres of land at Jawahar Bagh on the pretext of holding a 'dharna' for more than two years. Even after several notices were served to them, they were not ready to leave the premises," Mathura District Magistrate Rajesh Kumar was quoted as saying.
Various attempts by the district administration to remove members of the outfit have failed in the past. In fact, the high court had last year directed the administration to take "all necessary steps and precautions" to ensure that the public park is not encroached upon.
(With agency inputs)