Shamli district magistrate Sujeet Kumar has contradicted the BJP claim of exodus of Hindus from Kairana. Kumar, in his report to the state government, said that barring three families, who left the west UP town due to extortion or related crimes, the remaining 343 families mentioned in BJP MP Hukum Singh’s list, either had different reasons to leave the area or are still staying there.
“The properties of those three families who left are still safe,” the DM report reads.
“Of the 346 families mentioned, 67 left nearly 10 years back and another 179 left four to five years back. 73 families had left during the last three years due to business, medical or educational needs,” the DM’s report says.
Of the families mentioned in the BJP list, 16 people have died.
The DM’s report also says the BJP list has seven duplications while five families left after retirement.
The report also says that some families started living within 10 km radius.
Interestingly, the BJP fact-finding delegation that reached Kairana on Wednesday has upheld Hukum Singh’s charges that have been trashed by the UP government.
Kairana, with a population of 86,000, shot into the limelight after BJP parliamentarian Hukum Singh raised the bogey of Hindu exodus, releasing a list of 346 families who allegedly migrated over the years from the town, around 100 km from Delhi.