Netaji cult leader’s body found at clash site, toll 25
Ram Vriksha Yadav, the man who led the secretive Bose cult as leader of the Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena that violently clashed with the police in Mathura on Thursday , has been confirmed dead by the Uttar Pradesh government. This came even as toll in the bloody incident went up to 25 on Saturday with another follower succumbing to his injuries in an Agra hospital.Among the dead are two police officers, SP Mukul Dwivedi and SO Santosh Yadav .
UP director general of police Javeed Ahmed said Yadav’s associates have identified his body. He added that relatives of the Subhash Sena leader have been informed about it. “His bo dy will be handed over to his family for the last rites once they confirm his identity . Police have contacted his family in Ghazipur,“ Ahmed said, adding that his charred body was recovered from a gutted hut at the clash site.
Head of a group that broke away from the parent body originally headed by Baba Jai Gurudev , Yadav was a native of Ghazipur district in UP and had left his home in 2012, shifting to Mathura with his wife and two sons. In the 1980s, Yadav, who could often be seen walking aro und with half a dozen bodyguards armed to the teeth, later formed his own cult. He had assumed a larger than life image after his group took Jawahar Bagh in Mathura for a two-day protest and refused to vacate the premises till the showdown with the police on Thursday . In 2014, Yadav and his `satya grahis’ started a march from Sagar in Madhya Pradesh to stage a protest in Delhi. On their way , he approached the district authorities in Mathura for a two-day protest at Jawahar Bagh starting April 18 the same year.Since then the site became the `headquarters’ of his movement that called for abolition of the President and PM’s posts and introduction of Azad Hind Fauz currency among other bizarre demands.
With as many as 8 criminal cases pending against him, including that of land grab, arson and illegal assembly , Yadav and scores of his supporters were arrested in Bareilly on September 21, 2013, after they clashed with the police during a protest. A case that was lodged with the Baradari police in Bareilly in connection with the incident is still pending in court.
This came even as the post mortem report of the slain SO of Farah police station, Santosh Yadav, revealed that the `satyagrahis’ may have used weapons more sophisticated than country-made pistols and guns.
A highly placed source said that Yadav’s post mortem report revealed he had “died due to a single high velocity bullet“.