Mathura flare-up: Akhilesh Yadav assures strict action, BJP attacks SP

"My deepest condolences go to the families of these bravehearts. My government will ensure all support to the families," Akhilesh Yadav tweeted

Under fire Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has  assured “strict action” against the perpetrators of the Mathura violence, which claimed 24 lives including those of two policemen. “Uttar Pradesh government will ensure the strictest action under law against the perpetrators in the Mathura incident, speedy prosecution of the accused,” tweeted the Chief Minister.

Yadav also promised to support the families of the killed police officers.”My deepest condolences go to the families of these bravehearts. My government will ensure all support to the families,” another tweet said. The Chief Minister also announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 20 lakh each for the families of the two police officers. On Thursday evening, protesters opened fire at a police team when it went to Jawahar Bagh area in Mathura to get it evicted following the orders of Allahabad High Court.

Earlier the day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reviewed the situation in Mathura.”Spoke to UP CM Shri Akhilesh Yadav and reviewed the situation in Mathura. I have also assured him of all possible help from the Centre,” Singh tweeted.

He further tweeted that he is anguished over the loss of lives in the incidents of violence and prayed that may God give strength to the bereaved families to bear the loss.

Meantime, The BJP asserted that the violence was a firm evidence of the collapsed law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. “There is a complete breakdown of administration and law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. Mathura is not a small city. It is a centre of the region and such a hoard of ammunition and weaponry was getting piled up there. How did the local administration miss that? How such error can happen,” asked BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra addressing a press conference at the party headquarters at New Delhi.

He opined that such an incident cannot happen without the knowledge of the local administration.

Patra added that the ammunition found there could not be made locally and must have arrived crossing many check posts and police barriers. “Or were the people who were bringing this ammunition released after taking bribe at each of these check posts,” Patra said.

“NCRB (National Crime Record Bureau) records show that since Samajwadi Party government was formed in the state, attacks on police personnel have increased by three times. In 2014-15, there were 300 attacks on police while in the last one year, police personnel were attacked on 1,054 times,” Patra said asking: “How can a security force that is incapable of protecting itself guard the public at large?”

He added that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh must take responsibility for failing to discharge their respective duties.