Over 320 people were arrested on Friday after 24 people, including an SP and an SHO, were killed in massive clashes between police and encroachers in Mathura district on Thursday.The violence erupted when police were trying to evict illegal occupants, believed to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, from Jawahar Bagh on Thursday on the directions of the Allahabad High Court.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to state Director General of Police Javed Ahmed, there was ‘unprovoked’ firing by encroachers who pelted stones and attacked the policemen with lathis as they arrived at the site for a recce to carry out the eviction, leading to the death of Superintendent of Police, City, Mukul Dwivedi and Station House officer, Farah, Santosh Yadav.
ALSO READ Mathura clashes: Teary-eyed mother of killed SP Mukul Dwivedi says ‘bring back my son’Speaking to the media, DGP Javed Ahmed said, “124 people have been arrested in the matter and 196 others have been arrested under Section 153 offences.”The top cop also said that 47 locally made ‘katta’ pistols, 6 rifles and 178 live cartridges were seized after the incident.
ALSO READ Mathura: SP, SHO among 21 killed in clashes; CM Akhilesh announces Rs 20 lakh ex-gratia for slain officersThe Centre sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government on the incident while Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Yadav and assured the state government of all necessary help.IG (Law and Order) HR Sharma said around 3,000 encroachers pelted stones and later opened fire at the police team as they reached the spot.In retaliation, the police had to fire after using batons and tear gas, he said.Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed grief over the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the deceased policemen.Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) castigated the violent clashes between the police and illegal occupants of a land in Mathura and slammed the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav led-Uttar Pradesh government, for not being able to maintain law and order situation in the state.Expressing grave concern over the Mathura violence, the Congress Party also cornered the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government over the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh and questioned the ignorance of the local police for not being aware of the ground reality.

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Mathura: Over 320 people arrested after 24 killed in clashes; country-made guns, live cartridges seized