Upbeat after a report from National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) blamed the exodus of Hindus from Kairana town in Shamli district on poor law and order situation created by a particular community, a delegation of BJP MPs, led by local MP Hukum Singh, met the Meerut Zone IG on Thursday demanding immediate action in the matter. The delegation included MPs such as Satyapal Singh (Baghpat), Rajendra Agarwal (Meerut), Yashwant Singh (Nagina) and Raghav Lakhan Pal (Saharanpur) met Meerut Zone IG Ajay Anand with a memorandum.
Speaking to mediapersons later, Hukum Singh said: “It is the victory of truth… and I was always right about Kairana exodus… People in Kairana are afraid of criminals but perpetrators are not afraid of the police… I have told the IG to do fair a investigation in Kairana case, without considering any community or the ruling government.”
This comes a day after an investigation by NHRC into complaints that Hindu families had “migrated” from Kairana, in Shamli, has listed the “resettlement of 25,000-30,000” Muslims — who fled Muzaffarnagar after the 2013 violence — as one of the many reasons. In June, Hukum Singh had released a list of 346 people who, he claimed, had moved out of Kairana because of extortion by “one particular community” and lack of security.
But an investigation by the Shamli administration found only three persons named in the list had left Kairana after extortion threats.
However, according to an NHRC press release on Wednesday, the panel’s investigation division, which spoke to witnesses and surveyed three colonies in Kairana, came to a different conclusion.
Hukum Singh on Thursday addressed a huge gathering of businessmen and locals in Shamli’s Hanuman Teela Dharamshala, where he spoke about how BJP had supported them, and that it was the only party that could solve the law and order problems in Uttar Pradesh.
When contacted, Satyapal Singh said: “They have claimed we were liars. But the truth has come out. People still live in fear in Kairana. We will continue our protest until the situation improves in western UP.”
IG Ajay Anand said police were taking necessary actions on all complaints related to law and order. “The delegation has raised some issues. We will look into it,” he added.
Meanwhile, SP spokesperson Mohd Shahid questioned the timing of the NHRC report. He claimed the report has been made public when Assembly elections are barely a few months away in UP. “BJP wants to polarise voters… The NHRC report is aimed at helping BJP’s plan of polarising voters,” Shahid said.
“There is also a doubt about the NHRC report. First, BJP MP Hukum Singh himself had said that there were some errors in his list of migrant families. Secondly, the media had spoken to locals who had said that they had not migrated. These two points cannot be ignored and there is doubt whether NHRC has probed both these points,” he added.
RLD chief Ajit Singh too raised questions over the NHRC report, saying the findings are “meaningless”. He said the NHRC team talked to a very limited number of affected families, which raises questions regarding its credibility.
“The report by the Commission on exodus has no meaning. It was said 346 families had migrated from Kairana, of which NHRC talked to only six and prepared its report…they could have talked to other families,” he told mediapersons.
Singh said migration is not a big issue, adding, “People all over the world migrate to areas promising better avenues.”
When contacted, Congress in charge of UP, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was in Lucknow on Thursday, said people leaving their home in search of jobs should not be termed as “exodus”.
“Larger parts of outer Delhi has people from UP and Bihar. Not only Delhi, be it Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Saudi Arabia, people do leave their homes in search of employment… Even half of Mumbai has people from states like UP, Bihar and Tamil Nadu but it is wrong to call the movement of people in search of jobs as ‘palayan’,” he added.
“Everything should not be linked to religion…. People have left their places in search of work since the time of Prophet Mohammed,” said Azad.