A few days ago Hukum Singh, the BJP MP from Kairana, raised a storm claiming that there was an “exodus” of Hindus from the town due to communal reasons.
Singh says that the incident is “not communal” but a law and order problem.
“It is not about communal incidents… It is not about Hindus or Muslims,” he told reporters in Muzaffarnagar. “It has more to do with the law and order situation,” he said.
His statement follows local administration’s probe which revealed that some of the names in the list Singh first presented were dead.
They also found that many others had left Kairana for a better life in neighbouring cities years ago. But Shamli District Magistrate Sujeet Kumar ruled out both communal and law and order issues in his statement on July 14.
At the same time, Singh has now released another list of 63 Hindu families claiming that they had to flee Kandhla town in Shamli district “under duress”. “The list (of those who had to flee) will go on further, I believe. It can go up to 400-500. There is not one accused (who forced people to migrate), they are here in dozens,” Singh said.
The MP earlier released a list of 346 families which were “forced” to flee the town with an 85 per cent Muslim population.
According to NDTV, Hukum Singh has accepted that there was a “mistake” by his team when they labelled it a Hindu exodus.
“By mistake someone in my team mentioned Hindu families. I asked them to change that. I stick to my stand that this is not a Hindu-Muslim issue. This is just a list of people who have left Kairana under duress,” he told NDTV.