The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to order CBI probe into Mathura violence in which 29 people, including two police officials, were killed during an eviction drive to remove about 3,000 encroachers from a little known armed sect from Jawahar Bagh.
A bench of Justices PC Roy and Amitava Roy said that Allahabad HC was examining the issue of illegal encroachment of Jawahar Bagh and asked the petitioner to approach and convince HC for CBI probe in the case.
The incident took place on June 2 when the UP police stormed into Jawahar Bagh to remove the squatters who were illegally occupying the 280-acre government park for the last two years and had built a self-sustained unit inside, growing vegetables and even devising their own judicial system. The police took the action after the Allahabad High Court directed the government to remove the encroachers.
Seeking a CBI probe, the petitioner, advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, said that encroachers had a political backing and the state police would not be able to conduct free and fair probe in the case.
He told the bench that the head of the sect was very close to some of the politicians and Mathura administration was intentionally not taking action against them. He alleged that the police sprung into action only after the HC passed the order.
( Source – PTI )