Lucknow: The violent squatters at Jawahar Bagh had tried to kidnap additional SP Mukul Dwivedi after injuring him during Thursday's clash. However, confronted by a police back-up, the mob lynched Dwivedi before dispersing. The officer went into a coma and succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.
Senior police officials confirmed that Dwivedi was closing in on the mob when he was hit by a stone on his face. "As he was knocked off unconscious and hit the ground, his helmet came off. The mob then attacked him with sticks and rods," said a police officer who was among the first few to reach out to Dwivedi after he was injured.
"They tried to drag him away into the camp. It was then that a PAC team reached the site and lobbed a teargas shell," he added.
UP DGP Javeed Ahmed told TOI that the way police force was attacked displayed that the squatters were trained in tactical warfare. "They ambushed us by hiding in trees and fired from top," said Ahmed. They even had a double line of defence comprising women and children when more police force reached Jawahar Bagh on Thursday evening. That was one reason why the police could not use force initially despite a violent reaction from inside the camp, said Ahmed, adding that the squatters strategy to push back the police from the camp suggested that they had undergone some kind of training in warfare.
"They were perched on tree tops with rifles and targeted policemen from a distance," said Ahmed. Also, once the police build-up began around the 260-acre encroachment, they torched the makeshift office of the camp to destroy records and other details - again a guerilla warfare strategy.