Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday arrested the prime accused and his wife from a village in Parsurampur area in Basti district of the state in connection with the recent Mathura violence.
The accused, Chandan Bose, 45, and his wife were arrested this morning by a police team of Mathura from Caithwalia village, Superintendent of Police Kripa Shankar Singh said. Chandan is believed to the prime accused in the Mathura violence that left at least 29 people and two police officers dead on June 2.
Ram Vriksh Yadav, the alleged leader of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, which was said to be behind the violence, had died in the clashes with police. The police officer said both Chandan and his wife will be sent to Mathura for questioning.
Bose was being pursued by the police for inciting the violence and also shooting dead police officer Santhosh Yadav.
A report stated that police had form special teams to trace Bose and few others suspects in the violence.
During an initial investigation, the police had found that Bose had played a major role in inciting the violence that later took an ugly turn.
Additional Director General (law and order) of Uttar Pradesh Police Daljeet Singh had earlier said that Ram Vriksh Yadav, Chandan Bose, Girish Yadav and Rakesh Gupta are the main culprits in the case.
Twenty-nine people including City Superintendent of Police Mukul Dwivedi and Farah police station officer, Santosh Yadav were killed in clashes during a drive to evict illegal occupants of Jawahar Bagh in Mathura by activists, believed to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik on June 2.
Political parties had been demanding a judicial inquiry into the violence. BJP Member of Parliament from Mathura, Hema Malini had demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.