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American woman booked in UP for blocking anti-encroachment drive

Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), June 14 (IANS) An American woman, who has been residing in Mathura district for the past five years, has been booked after she allegedly assaulted a woman police officer during an anti-encroachment drive in Vrindavan city.

Rebeca, from California who is locally known as Radha Dasi, has been booked along with four others under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder),353 (assaults or uses criminal force to any person being a public servant in the execution of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causes hurt to any person being a public servant in the discharge of his duty) 147 (rioting) and 506 (criminal intimidation) at Vrindavan police station based on a complaint filed by a sub-inspector (SI), Ritu.

Gaurav Tripathi, circle officer (Sadar), told reporters that an anti-encroachment drive was being carried out in Vrindavan by the municipal corporation with the help of the police.

The woman allegedly objected to the demolition of a hut on public land and tried to stop the JCB by sitting in front of it.

When a woman police officer tried to remove her, Rebeca allegedly misbehaved with her and grabbed her by her neck.

Police said that she later claimed that the cottage belonged to her guru (mentor). He added that further investigations are on.

“The foreigner was repeatedly threatening me that my life will be finished,” the SI said in her complaint and added that the woman was refusing to budge despite requests.

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