Mathura clashes

Deadly devotion

Print edition : July 08, 2016

Burnt vehicles at Jawahar Bagh following clashes between the followers of Ram Vriksh Yadav and the police. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

The residence of District Horticultural Officer Mukesh Kumar destroyed in the fire. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Ram Vriksh Yadav, the head of the Swadheen Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah.

A vehicle bearing posters of Subhas Chandra Bose and questions asking whether he was dead or had been kidnapped. Ram Vriksh Yadav and his followers believed that their spiritual guru, Jai Gurudev, was Bose himself and had been kidnapped by a rival faction. Photo: Divya Trivedi

The clash between the members of a cult and the police in Mathura may be yet another case of cults gaining influence and power over gullible masses and thriving under political patronage.
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