Update: 4:30 p.m. IST — Uttar CM Akhilesh Yadav admits to mistakes in dealing with the armed protestors in Mathura. "The chook (mistake) has happened, the mistake was the police went without full preparation. There was so much danger involved. No one knew how many explosives were inside" (the illegally occupied park)," NDTV quoted him as saying.
Update: 2:25 p.m. IST — Death toll climbs to 24, which includes the two policemen, the Hindustan Times reports.
Update: 1:10 p.m. IST — The death toll in the Mathura clashes has now gone up to 22 peple, which includes the two policemen, Mukul Dwivedi, Superintendent of Police and Santosh Kumar Yadav.
Update: 11:54 a.m. IST — Rifles, grenades and swords recovered from Mathura clash site, U.P. police Javed Ahmed was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The channel also reported that the Uttar Pradesh police have arrested over 360 people. Quoting police sources, it said that fire caused by a gas cylinder explosion could have resulted in the death of civilians.
Update: 11:11 a.m. IST — Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, announces compensation of Rs. 20 lakh each for the two policemen killed in the Mathura incident, as tweeted by his office.
Update: 9:28 a.m. IST — At least 21 people have been confirmed dead in the Mathura clashes.
Original Story —
As many as 14 people died in mob violence during an operation to clear government land in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday. The dead include two senior police officers, while more than 40 people were injured.
About 200 people have been detained, the New Indian Express reported.
The clashes broke out after the police launched an operation to evict members of local cult 'Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi' from hundreds of acres of government land.
Mathura superintendent of police Mukul Dwivedi and Farah police station officer Santosh Yadav died from gunshot wounds and injuries sustained in violence.
Hindi film actress and BJP politician Hema Malini is the Lok Sabha MP from Mathura.
The fight broke out when the local police were trying to evict illegal occupants of a land in Jawahar Bagh, which was held by activists believed to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi. The police were directed to get the area cleared by the Allahabad High Court.
About 3,000 encroachers were believed to have pelted stones and opened fired on the police team as they approached the area, HR Sharma, IG (Law and Order) told the daily.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav instructed the Director General of Police (DGP) to personally inspect the situation in Mathura, ANI reported.
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav instructs PS Home & DGP to personally inspect #Mathura at the earliest and take stock of the situation.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 3, 2016
Visuals of Jawahar Bagh(Mathura)where 1 SHO was killed&6 police personnel got injured during anti-encroachment drive pic.twitter.com/G5xoiu04JC
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 2, 2016