Mathura violence & Ram Vriksha Yadav: All about the incident and the man who triggered it

Ram Vraksha Yadav once told the Supreme Court that he would produce Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in public.

Mathura violence & Ram Vriksha Yadav: All about the incident and the man who triggered it

Mathura: As Mathura, the 'temple town' witnessed massive violence that claimed 24 lives, including an SP and SHO, questions galore about Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, an outfit claiming to owe allegiance to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, which had illegally set its camp in Jawahar Bagh.

The obscure group led by Ram Vraksha Yadav, which forcefully encroached on 260-acre government land, been making demands like cancellation of election of President and Prime Minister of India.

The agitators describe themselves as 'Satyagrahis', had been making unrealistic demands which include:

Diesel and petrol be made available to public at the rate of 60 litres and and 40 litres for Re 1 respectively.

Discontinuation of the Indian currency and introduction of Azad Hind Fauj's currency.

The 270 acre Jawahar Bagh be handed over to te outfit.

No police action to be taken on the 'Satyagrahis'.

Banning non-vegetarian food across the country and thereby, punishing people who consume non-veg food.

Ram Vraksha Yadav, who has been termed as the main accused in Mathura violence by the Uttar Pradesh Police, was once associated with Jai Gurudev.

A report published in 'Times of India' said, Yadav formed his own group later and once told the Supreme Court that he would produce Netaji (Subhas Chandra Bose) in public and to be hanged if he failed to do so."

However, a year later, Yadav told his followers that he was 'Subhas Chandra Bose' himself.

The group, which calls itself 'Satyagrahis' or revolutionaries, started its 'Sandesh yatra' from Sagar district in Madhya Pradesh in 2015, travelled through many states before finally occupying the 270-acre government land in Mathura over which massive clashes took place on Thursday.

The Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi and Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena are the two groups that have been protesting at Jawahar Bagh for a very long time.

Police said the group includes people from different parts of Uttar Pradesh including Ghazipur and Badayun as well as from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh and few from Nepal.

It all started when 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 once again made an attempt to evict them but failed.

The violence started on Thursday after a mob went on rampage over police took action against them for encroaching upon a major part of a government land. The situation got out of control after the Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena (SBSS) activists opened fire at the police party that attempted to evict the Jawahar Park. The toll in the Mathura violence reached up to 24 by Friday.

Mathura District Magistrate Rajesh Kumar said the activists were followers of Baba Jai Gurudeo and have named their outfit as 'Swadheen Bharat Vidhik Satyagrahi.

Police recovered 58 weapons and 184 used and live cartridges from the violence-hit region.

While around 300 people have been detained for their involvement in the clash, the city continues to be tense even as heavy police reinforcement has been deployed.