Agra, 2017.05.17 (Anuja Jaiswal, TNN): On a day the state assembly witnessed uproar over the deteriorating law and order situation and chief minister Yogi Adityanath sought a year’s time to get things in order, the family of jeweller Vikas Agarwal, who along with his acquaintance Megh Agarwal, was shot dead in a sensational heist at his shop in Mathura on Monday night, came out on streets in protest. Blaming the state government for the rising crimes, Vikas Agarwal’s family members also turned away local BJP workers who joined them to mourn their son’s untimely death. Under pressure over the worsening law and order, UP DGP Sulkhan Singh will visit Mathura on Wednesday to conduct a review meeting with ADG, IG and SSP.
The CCTV footage from Agarwal’s shop at Holi Gate shows a bunch of assailants with their faces covered entering the jewellery shop violently around 9 pm. The attackers are seen brutally thrashing almost everyone present inside and later shooting Vikas Agarwal along with Megh in cold blood. The 2.7-minute video, which went viral on social media on Tuesday, also shows the attackers looting cash and jewellery worth lakhs and later kicking the bodies of Vikas and Megh on their way out.
Mathura SSP Vinod Kumar Mishra, who took charge on Monday, said, “Our first priority is to crack the case. To restore people’s confidence, we have deputed extra police force in the area. Special task forces have also joined the investigation.”
Mishra added that DGP Sulkhan Singh will visit Mathura on Wednesday to conduct a law and order review meeting with senior officials.
Meanwhile, traders in Mathura have called for a bandh on Wednesday. “Police have not been able to crack such a big case. There has been absolutely no progress in the investigation,” said Madan Mohan Srivastava, a senior member of Western UP Traders Association.
In a similar incident in Agra on Monday night, a jeweller was shot at by two bike-borne men. The victim was rushed to a local hospital and is said to be out of danger.