Inside Mathura's Jawahar Bagh

Jawahar Bagh, once known for its lush green orchards, is today a charred battlefield. Torched vehicles, gutted houses and belongings and the stomach-churning stench of death bear testimony to the anarchy unleashed on the night of June 2. Opened to the media 72 hours after the carnage, the park has turned up a large haul of weapons, ammunition and what police term a functional bomb-making unit.
What remains indicates how the 260-acre park was turned into a personal empire by Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena's leader Ram Vriksha Yadav and his armed followers, who had stocked provisions and material for what they evidently expected to be a long siege.
In a large makeshift structure that functioned as a community kitchen, stacks of utensils lie scattered. A generator and several batteries and inverters, as well as solar panels, show how the group managed after the electricity connection was cut off nearly two months ago. Remnants of clothes, pro visions, books and co mics can be seen in various structures in Jawahar Bagh, including government offices which existed inside the park before the group took over. The remains indicate how the cult members were fully prepared to live in isolation, in a world of their own.
Of the finds in Jawahar Bagh, the most striking, according to the police, are the extensive stores of weapons and ammunition. Investigators have also recovered 5 kg of sulphur, 1 kg of potassium -both of which are key ingredients for making gunpowder -as well as nearly 2.5 kg gunpowder. This, said offi cials, indicates the cult had a functioning bomb manufacturing unit inside the park.
“These were raw materials being used for countrymade bombs. The batteries we have recovered seem to have been used to run solar panels,“ said Mathura SP (rural) Arun Singh.
The park also appeared to have a makeshift `supermarket', with large quantities of food, including packaged items, unused tents and provisions stored inside, some of which survived the fires which erupted during the violence.
The park had separate toilet facilities for men and women, as well as a small Shiva temple and a space for performing yajnas.

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