Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sangeet Som on Thursday called off a week-long “Paidal Nirbhay Yatra” across Uttar Pradesh after being stopped by authorities. Amid claims and counter claims of exodus of Hindu families from Kairana village of Shamli district, Sangeet Som said that he would not let the state turn into Kashmir. “To the people who are migrating from Kirana, I just want to give them a message that they are safe in Uttar Pradesh. And we will not let Uttar Pradesh turn into Kashmir,” Som said. “I want to tell them that they should stay here and not migrate. The people, who have already migrated, should realize that the a tmosphere in the state is becoming better,” he added.
Here are today’s updates:
12.55 pm: After Gujarat riots many people migrated, first Sangeet Som and Modi ji should worry about that. In Kairana no one migrated: Shivpal Yadav
12.45 pm: Whoever has gone has left for professional reasons, we will not let BJP vitiate atmosphere: Shivpal Yadav
12.40 pm: No exodus from Kairana or anywhere in UP; have intelligence & other reports: SP spokesman Shivpal Yadav
12.30 pm: Ensure the return of those who fled Kairana in 15 days: BJP MLA Sangeet Som gives the Akhilesh Govt an ultimatum
The committee formed by the local administration to probe BJP MP Hukum Singh’s claims of a Hindu ‘exodus’from Kairana town – 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.
The report also rejected the contention that the existing migration was due to law and order problems.
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.”
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.