The Shamli district administration Friday ordered a probe into allegations made by local BJP MP Hukum Singh that Hindu families were fleeing their homes over “threats and extortion by criminal elements belonging to a particular community”.
In a related development, the National Human Rights National Human Rights Commission, too, issued a notice to the Akhilesh Yadav government after it received complaints about families leaving their homes in Kairana due to the alleged fear of criminals. It sought government’s response in four weeks.
Kairana MP Hukum Singh, who has reportedly come out with a list containing details of “346 Hindu families”, who have allegedly fled their homes, had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh a week ago seeking his intervention.
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Upon learning about the list, Shamli District Magistrate Sujeet Kumar formed a team comprising a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) and a deputy SP to probe the MP’s allegations.
The BJP’s state unit, too, has vowed to investigate the matter separately with party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya Friday setting up a committee, which will reach Kairana Saturday.
“These 346 Hindu families have been forced to sell their shops and houses on meagre rates. This kind of harassment was limited only to towns so far but it has now reached the villages. It’s a modus operandi now to grab big houses and shops. Most of those targeted were running prosperous businesses here,” Hukum Singh alleged.
Earlier on May 31, during his meeting with the home minister, the MP had raised the issue of “harassment of Hindu families in Kairana”. Hukum Singh had told Rajnath about how “locals, particularly women, were feeling unsafe”. The MP had alleged that the Kairana police had “framed” two youths of a Hindu family on murder charges after the decomposed body of a woman was recovered in a village on April 7. Two Muslim youths named in the FIR had already been arrested in the case.
“It is now up to the government and the district administration to decide what they would do to stop Hindu families from leaving Kairana. This is not a Hindu-Muslim issue as is being projected by some, it’s a matter of harassment of residents of Kairana. This situation had started developing soon after the SP came to power and intensified after the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013,” the MP alleged.
BJP chief Maurya said the situation in Kairana raises a question before the UP government. “Is it (the government) not capable of providing security to Hindu families who are leaving Kairana?” Maurya said and added that the “silence” of BSP supremo Mayawati and the Congress on such a “sensitive issue” is “not understandable”.