The committee formed by the local administration to probe BJP MP Hukum Singh’s claims — that 346 people had moved out of Kairana because of extortion and lack of security — submitted its report to the state government Thursday. According to the report, only three people left Kairana due to incidents of extortion, and 179 people on the list left four to five years ago.
In an official statement, Shamli District Magistrate Sujeet Kumar said, “The list has three names whose families were subjected to extortion. Time-bound action was taken by the police in these cases, but these people moved their business and residence to Panipat, Surat and other areas following the incidents. They still own property and shops in Kairana… 27 people still live in Kairana.”
Dismissing claims of an exodus of Hindu families from Kairana, Kumar added, “Some people who figure on the list are living in Shamli or other parts of Shamli district, and many of them visit Kairana frequently for business purposes.”
The committee, headed by SDM Ram Avatar Gupta and Deputy SP Bhushan Verma, started inspection rounds on Sunday, forming around four teams comprising revenue officers, tehsildar-rank officials and constables.
The teams went from door to door to check on the 346 named by Hukum Singh in a document titled “List of Hindu families migrating from Kairana”, and recorded statements of family members, neighbours and tenants of those who had moved out.
While the committee found that 67 people on the list had moved out of Kairana around 10 years ago, 73 left in the last three years, in search of better employment opportunities, healthcare and education for their wards.
The report also said that 16 people on the list were dead. “Out of this, families of three still live in Kairana. Families of the others left Kairana for better employment opportunities,” Kumar said.
The report was submitted following a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government by the National Human Rights Commission on Singh’s allegations.