The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the exodus complaints and reports about Kairana in Shamli district and other parts of the state.
A BJP delegation met UP governor Ram Naik on Friday and submitted to him the report made by the party’s fact-finding team.
BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya said that Governor Naik assured the delegation that he will send both the six-point memorandum of demands and the investigation report to the Uttar Pradesh government and President Pranab Mukherjee.
The investigation report submitted to Naik called the scenario in Kairana “terrifying” and told him that it was the responsibility of the state to empathise with the migrants instead of trying to prove the ‘list’ motivated and false and must stop attributing exodus to livelihood.
The report said that criminal elements of a particular community were responsible for the Hindu exodus and the criminal gangs are being protected by the ruling party.
Khanna released the three-page report at a press conference later in the day and said: “The exodus has happened in the last four years of the SP government.
“In 2014, three people were killed for not paying extortion money which sowed the seeds of constant terror in the area. The main accused Mukim Kala and Furkaan were running extortion racket from behind bars. It was under such atmosphere that extortion became a trend and many more families are ready to leave and police were not acting to check the menace.
The report also said that the government was treating Hindu and Muslim victims differently.
“The state government gave Rs 15 lakh to the family of one Qureshi who died in celebratory firing but did not fulfil the promise of Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of iron traders who were killed in a crime,” the report mentions.
Khanna said that Kandhla too has exodus report under similar circumstances.
The report also states, “Kairana traders were so terrified that they couldn’t send their daughters to school or hold religious events such as Kirtans.”
The report also cited the example of a trader, Anuj Mittal. Mittal was once a flourishing trader who owned four movie theatres.
He also had a political connection but now he has migrated and is living in some of place in a rented accommodation.
One Mula Pansari, who once owned a famous shop with a turnover of `1 lakh per day, have also migrated from Kairana due to extortion terror.
The BJP fact-finding team led by party leader Suresh Khanna had started investigating the Kairana incident on Tuesday morning and completed it by Wednesday evening.
Apart from the CBI probe, the memorandum demanded that those who have migrated should be brought back and rehabilitated, security and law and order should be improved and those responsible for the exodus must be punished.