Claiming that Jat youths have been falsely implicated in cases of rape that allegedly took place during the Muzaffarnagar riots, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait met Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and sought a fresh inquiry into the matter.
Tikait, however, later claimed that while both the leaders have assured him of an inquiry, he has little hope that they will consider his demand. “Their job is to listen, mine is to speak. I don’t have much hope from this government,” he said.
The BKU leader had met Mulayam and Akhilesh in Lucknow Tuesday and demanded that youths named in the rape cases after Muzaffarnagar riots be spared arrest.
Six rape cases have been registered in connection with the recent riots with the police having procured arrest warrants against 22 accused named in the cases.
One of the accused was arrested a few days ago.
“These rape cases came to light after several days of riots. The 22 youths were named in the cases due to enmity. If rapes had occurred, they should have been reported then,” Tikait said.
“A fresh inquiry should be conducted to find out the truth. Most of the names have been included due to rivalry,” Tikait said.
Recently, Tikait had attended a panchayat in Muzaffarnagar which resolved to protest against the arrest of any rape accused.
“False complaints have been lodged from both sides. Now, affidavits are being submitted and complaints withdrawn in exchange of money from both groups. We demand that no one should be harassed on false complaints,” he said.
He claimed he has support of Muslims and that several of them are active members of BKU.