The Uttar Pradesh Police Saturday arrested two sitting MLAs, BJP’s Sangeet Singh Som and BSP’s Noor Saleem Rana, for allegedly inciting violence in Muzaffarnagar. Another BJP MLA, Suresh Rana, was arrested in Lucknow on the same charges Friday.
All three MLAs were produced before a local court in Muzaffarnagar Saturday. While Som and Suresh Rana were transferred to Auraiya and Banda district jails, respectively, the BSP MLA was sent to Muzaffarnagar jail.
The police made the arrests after procuring non-bailable warrants against 16 people, including the three MLAs, from a local court in Muzaffarnagar.
They were arrested for allegedly delivering inflammatory speeches at panchayats held in Muzaffarnagar on August 30 and September 7. Som is also accused of allegedly sharing a video, which stoked communal tension.
IG, law and order, Raj Kumar Vishwakarma said Som was held in Meerut, while Noor Saleem was arrested in Muzaffarnagar. Som’s supporters maintained he surrendered before the police.
All three MLAs have filed bail applications, which will be heard by the court on September 24.
Meanwhile, BJP president Rajnath Singh said he was denied permission to visit the riot-hit area. “I wanted to meet the families of the victims and take stock of the situation, but the district administration denied permission, saying my visit is not possible in the present circumstances,” the BJP president said.
Rajnath, along other BJP leaders from UP, will meet President Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi on Sunday to apprise him of the situation in the riot-hit area. Party spokesperson Manoj Mishra said they will give a memorandum to the President, seeking his intervention in the matter.
The BJP has alleged that its workers are being targeted and implicated in cases “without evidence”. The party has called for a bandh in western UP on Sunday.
Mishra said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav visited Muzaffarnagar and met people of a particular