A DELEGATION of five sants sent to Kairana by the ruling Samajwadi Party to ascertain facts behind the BJP’s allegation of Hindu “exodus” on Thursday submitted its report to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and claimed that 160 Muslim families too had left the area over the last 10 years.
The delegation, which was led by godman-turned-politician Acharya Pramod Krishnam, admitted that there was a rise in criminal activity in the region allegedly supported by local politicians, including local SP MLA Naheed Hassan and MLC Virendra Singh. The names of the MLA and the MLC have reportedly been mentioned in the 13-page report.
“We were asked to look into the allegations of exodus and some of the results have been surprising. First of all, while we found that large number of people on the list actually are living there, neighbours and relatives of those migrated informed that they left for work or education…
“We also found that people were troubled by the increase in criminal activities in the region and various gangs were operating with the backing of local leaders. We have recommended action against them and have been assured by the chief minister as well,” Krishnam told The Indian Express after submitting the report.
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While the delegation refused to reveal the names, it said the names are part of the report submitted to Akhilesh. Sources said that at least 11 leaders have been indicted in the report, either for supporting criminal activities or for disturbing harmony.
Sources added that the report has also recommended action against Hassan, besides indicting BJP MP Hukum Singh, MLA Sangeet Singh Som, Sadhvi Prachi. It has also called for imposition of NSA against all those giving hate speeches.
In its report, the delegation mentioned that during its visit, locals spoke about existence of various social media groups that would spread rumours about some family or the other being targeted by members of the other religion.
Asked about it, Krishnam said, “It is true that we found that there are WhatsApp groups, which are spreading rumours of all kind among people. Thus, we have recommended formation of a special cell to stop spread of these message, otherwise things might become worse in next few months.”
The delegation also found that government’s failure to provide compensation to Hindu families, whose members were murdered in the recent past, had sent out a message that it was not serious about their woes. The report, in turn, has also recommended that families of three persons, who have been murdered since 2014, should be given compensation.
“Prima facie, it appears like a dangerous conspiracy to disturb the atmosphere of entire Uttar Pradesh before the 2017 polls,” said Krishnam.
He added: “One thing is clear that exodus of Hindu families did not take place because of fear of Muslims as claimed. We found that 160 Muslim families have also left the place in the last 10 years. We have given our report and will hand it over to the Governor too on Friday. Now, it is up to the state government to investigate further.”