The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) probe team arrived in Kairana on Wednesday to investigate allegations that 250 Hindu families were forced to leave the town in western Uttar Pradesh because of extortion and threats.
The fact-finding committee was announced by Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday, a day after BJP chief Amit Shah expressed serious concern over “migration” from Kairana area in Shamli district, which had witnessed communal riots in 2013.
“[The] party president has set up a committee, which will go there and study the situation. Such a migration is not good for democracy. The party is sensitive about it and proper steps will be taken after the report comes,” Gadkari told reporters on the second day of BJP National Executive meeting.
The delegation comprising Bagpat MP Satyapal Singh, Saharanpur MP Raghav Lakhan Pal, Aligarh MP Satish Gautam, former Uttar Pradesh DGP Brij Lal, senior BJP leader Suresh Khanna, Aawala MP Dharmendra Kashyap, Bulandshahar MP Bhola Nath Singh, Gorakhpur MLA Radha Mohan and BJP’s Human Right Commission Wing national president Sudhir Aggrawal arrived here for an on-the-spot evaluation of the situation.
The matter of the exodus came to light after local BJP MP Hukum Singh claimed more than 250 Hindu families migrated from the city in the last two years following an alleged spike in crime against the community. He also released a fresh list of 63 people who, according to him, migrated from Kandhla town in Shamli district.
Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik and the home ministry too have sought reports on the Kairana exodus from chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
“If people have to leave their homes in their own country, then the state government should take the responsibility. If the state government seeks any help, we will definitely give them,” minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday. “Hooliganism, hostility and looting, land-related problems etc are rampant in the state, which is adding to people’s resentment against the government. The law and order situation has deteriorated to a greater extent and the government must ponder on it.”
However, Yadav said it is the habit of the saffron party to rake up such issues before polls. “These BJP people, they first disturbed the environment in UP, they are responsible for Muzaffarnagar riots. He is the leader who spoiled the harmony here,” he said.
Yadav has accused the BJP of spreading lies, claiming most of the people left the village 10-15 years ago, a majority of them in search of jobs.
Union minister Shripad Naik, who was on one-day tour in Bahraich on Tuesday, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was keeping a close eye on the Kairana incident. Terming the incidents at Kairana “serious”, Naik said they prove that the law-and-order situation in Uttar Pradesh is dismal.
With inputs from ANI