Following BJP MP Hukum Singh’s initial claim that 346 Hindu families had fled Kairana due to persecution, a team of five Hindu seers visited the town on Sunday at the suggestion of Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav.
The team consisted of Swami Chakrapani, Pramod Krishnam, Swami Kalyan, Naraina Giri, and Swami Chinmayanand. Yadav had on Friday suggested that a team of “apolitical” leaders visit the city to ascertain facts.
The leaders visited Kairana and spoke to the people. Hukum Singh had later claimed that there was a mistake by his team which led to the confusion about Hindus fleeing the area. He had said that the problem was a law-and-order one.
Chakrapani, who is the president of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, told TOI that both Muslims and Hindus were feeling the heat of rising crime in the city.
According to TOI, the leaders blamed BJP for trying to play the “communal card”. They said that there was no religious angle to the Kairana problem. The real problem, according to them, is crime.
“It seems their only agenda is to win elections by striking fear in the hearts of Hindus in the region. We strongly condemn the politics of hate and fear mongering,” Chakrapani said.
He said that local goons have terrorised people of all faiths. “Hindus and Muslims alike are concerned about rising crime,” he claimed.
Chakrapani said that the ream will submit its report by Wednesday.
The seer was all praise for UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his government’s decision to let seers visit Kairana and themselves take a stock of the situation.
But by claiming that crime is what has driven Hindus and Muslims out of their homes, the team has given an ammo to the opponents of the ruling government in the state.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on Sunday said that “communal colour should not be given to the Kairana incidents. But at the same time there should not be a situation where people have to leave their native place”.