Ram Vriksha Yadav, the man behind the horrific carnage in Mathura, was a maverick politician, a megalomaniac and a murderer, all rolled into one deadly cocktail. Uttar Pradesh DGP Javed Ahmed on Saturday confirmed on Twitter that the body of Yadav and some others have been identified by his associates. “We will carry out a DNA test to confirm this,” Ahmed told reporters.The terror unleashed by Yadav is still palpable in the Jawahar Bagh area of Mathura where 24 people, including two police officers, died in the bloody confrontation between the self-styled “Swadheen Bharat Sena” and the police force on Thursday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to facts gleaned about Yadav during the interrogation of the dozens of ‘sena’ activists arrested after the violence, he was an astute planner, a good orator and an expert in arms and ammunition. On the flip side, he was known to be very short-tempered and ruthless, and ruled his illegally occupied 33-acre Jawahar Bagh fiefdom with an iron hand.
ALSO READ Cult leader behind Mathura violence confirmed dead”There was only one passage for entry and exit. Any stranger who entered the Bagh hardly ever returned,” a senior police officer told dna, quoting one of Yadav’s associates. “Yadav struck terror among the 3,000-odd people who lived there. He would get anyone tortured in the worst of ways at the slightest pretext,” he added.Yadav had a private army, armed with double barrel guns and rifles, which always maintained a security cordon around him. Even local police and district administration officials feared confronting him, given his reported connections with the top brass in the Samajwadi Party (SP) government. It was indeed no wonder then that he and his men had been squatting in Jawahar Bagh in the name of ‘satyagrah’ (civil disobedience) for over two years.
ALSO READ AIFB, Netaji’s family disassociate from Mathura violenceIt’s startling that Ram Vriksh Yadav, who hails from Ghazipur in east UP, was drawing “Loktantra Senani Pension” of Rs 15,000 from the state government. This is an SP government scheme for those who were jailed during the Emergency. Yadav is also known to have Maoist connections and is alleged to have been supplying them with arms which were being produced at Jawahar Bagh itself.He had joined Baba Jai Gurudev, the founder-leader of this weird cult, in 1972 and had even gone to jail with him during the Emergency. Yadav was involved in an internecine conflict with two other groups of the now deceased Baba’s followers over the control of the cult’s property valued over Rs 10,000 crore.

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Mathura clashes: Cult leader Ram Vriksha Yadav was a maverick megalomaniac