At least 24 killed in Mathura eviction drive in India
June 3, New Delhi: At least 24 people have been killed and 40 others injured during clashes between the police and squatters in the northern Indian town of Mathura. Two senior police officers are among those killed in the clashes.
Clashes broke out on Thursday when police tried to evict the former members of a religious sect who had been occupying a park for two years.
Akhilesh Yadav, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state, has ordered an inquiry into the violence.
Speaking at a news conference, state police chief Javed Ahmed said,"At 5pm on Thursday, a police team visited the Jawahar Bagh park for a recce following a court order to evict the squatters."
"The protesters fired at the policemen without any warning or provocation. They also pelted the team with stones. Two senior police officers were killed in the attack."
He said more police teams were sent to the scene to bring the situation under control, and his colleagues retaliated after some of the protesters attacked them.
The Oslo Times