BJP MP from Mathura, Hema Malini, who found herself in the middle of a controversy on Friday after she published pictures of her from an ongoing shoot when her Parliamentary constituency was hit by severe violence, later tried to point the gun at UP CM Akhilesh Yadav.
The 67-year-old actress questioned Yadav saying, “Within 24 hours, I reached Mathura, but where is Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav?”
Blaming the administration for lapse in law and order situation in the city, she said that the state government should have taken proper action to eradicate the problem of encroachment.
“It was only after high Court order, government tried to bring the situation under control. However, there were severe lapses on the part of administration and intelligence network in handling Mathura incident.”
“The administration was aware of 3000 people with weapons there, but could not handle them,” the BJP MP from Mathura told media.
The actress while demanding a CBI probe into the incident also paid a visit to the hospital in the city where the injured policemen are being treated.
Earlier on Friday, the BJP MP who was criticised for posting on social media images from a film shoot while Mathura was engulfed by violence and tension, said she will be reaching the city at the earliest.
“I am constantly in touch with authorities/ karyakartas in Mathura. I am on my way to Delhi and will reach Mathura at the earliest,” Hema tweeted on Friday.
“I am a very sensitive person. I am deeply pained on the Mathura incident but law and order of Uttar Pradesh is the core issue. Let’s not divert,” added the 67-year-old, stressing that while she will be reaching the spot soon, “but the presence of Mathura police is more important than mine”.
On Thursday, a mob went on rampage after police took action against encroachment on a major part of a government land.
The toll in the Mathura violence rose to 24 on Friday as Superintendent of Police Mukul Dwivedi and others injured in Thursday’s clash between police and encroachers died of their injuries, officials said.