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At a time when discrepancies in the lists of people who reportedly left Kairana and Kandhla areas in UP’s Shamli district amid “extortion threats and lack of security” have come to the fore, BJP MP from Shamli Hukum Singh Wednesday said similar lists from neighbouring areas would be released soon.
Meanwhile, a team of nine BJP members visited Kairana Wednesday and met families of people who had reportedly migrated out. Following the visit, BJP leaders claimed “the number of people wanting to leave was large”.
Singh had earlier released a list of 346 “Hindus” who reportedly fled Kairana. On Tuesday, he released a list with 63 more names of people who fled from Kandhla. He had subsequently admitted that the Kairana list might have a few discrepancies.
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When asked Wednesday whether more such lists would be released, he replied: “Yes. We are looking into similar cases and other lists will be released soon”.
Suresh Kumar Khanna, Shahjahanpur MLA and head of the BJP team, said: “We met a number of people. Apart from the names on the lists released by Hukum Singh, there are several others who are willing to leave the area. They are living in fear. This is an exodus.”
Khanna blamed the Samajwadi Party government in the state for the “lack of law and order”. Alleging corruption in the administration ranks, he said, “The UP government is responsible for the security of every person who lives here. In Kairana, the government’s machinery has failed. Law and order situation is bad and people don’t feel secure.”
Alleging that the state government categorises people on the basis of their religion, he said, “In the last four years of SP rule, why are so many people selling properties and moving out?”
Meanwhile, the BJP team that visited households of around half a dozen people whose names were on the lists faced protest from a section of local residents.
At Retawala locality in Kairana, local resident Mohammad Nawab, a daily wage labourer, said, “This issue is aimed at disrupting communal harmony in this area. For years, the two communities have lived together peacefully. We share the same auto-rickshaw to go to work at construction sites in Sonipat. Crime is an issue here. Petty crimes take place often, but they are not directed towards members of one religious community.”
Hours later, Khanna, when asked about the absence of Muslim names on the lists, said, “They did not want to talk to us. They were only raising slogans at us. If they come to us with grievances, their names will be added.”
While the nine BJP leaders met at Hukum Singh’s residence in Kairana before visiting the households, Singh was not part of the team.
Apart from Khanna, the team comprised former DGP and BJP leader Brij Lal, Baghpat MP Satpal Singh, Saharanpur MP Raghav Lakhanpal, Bulandshahr MP Bhola Singh, Aligarh MP Satish Gautam, Gorakhpur MLA Radha Mohan Das Aggarwal, Aonla MP Dharmendra Kashyap and Sudhir Aggarwal, the national president of BJP’s human rights’ wing.