Several people were injured after a violent clash between the police personnel and members of the Radha Soami Satsang Sabha during a demolition drive in Agra, Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.
The protesters allegedly pelted stones at the police personnel when they tried to demolish illegal structures built by the religious organisation on government land.
The police resorted to lathcharge, while protesters were seen throwing stones. The violent clashes were caught on camera.
The Radha Soami Satsang Sabha had been given the notice to vacate the government land until Friday. The police initiated action after they did not vacate the occupied land.
After this incident, Special DG Law and Order Prashant Kumar said,” The situation in Agra is under control. Many senior officers are present at the spot and they are holding meetings with locals. The adequate numbers of police forces have been deployed in the entire area.”
Stones were pelted at the police team by anti-social elements and light force was used to control the situation, he added.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said, “The followers of Radhaswami sect are exemplary in the whole world for their spirituality, love, compassion and satsang. Dayalbagh has always been a symbol of faith, harmony, service and education. Now, the rulers and the police administration in Dayalbagh are working together to serve the interests of the BJP linked land-mafias. This is a fatal attack on the great Indian tradition of Satsang, which the faithful and peace-loving Radhaswami followers are strongly opposing them. Samajwadi Party stands with Radhaswami Satsang in protest against this injustice and is supporting in every way in the campaign to save Dayalbagh. The public will not tolerate BJP’s anti-religious bulldozer.”
(Report by Ankur Kumar)