Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sangeet Som went ahead with the 'Paidal Nirbhay Yatra' despite denial of permission by local administration. However, after walking for 1 km with scores of his supporters, police stopped Som saying Section 144 that has been imposed in the area. This forced the BJP leader to suspend his march. Som told mediapersons that being a loyal BJP worker he would never break the law. "Senior officials have stopped us here saying Sec 144 is imposed here on, so we are stopping our "Yatra" here," Som said.
Som has also warned the authorities to take necessary action to prevent people migrating from Kairana and ensure security to the locals.
“We are giving an ultimatum of 15 days to the state government to bring back families who have migrated. If the administration fails to do so, nobody will be able to stop the BJP workers from visiting Kairana or any other place to ensure security to the people,” Som exhorted.
Earlier, the District Magistrate had denied permission to Sangeet Som's ‘Paidal Nirbhay Yatra’ across western Uttar Pradesh from Friday.
In order to “make people feel safe”, the BJP MLA from Sardhana had decided to undertake a ‘Paidal Nirbhay Yatra’ on Friday from Meerut to Shamli district.
Som, an accused in 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, wanted to make those people feel secure, who are living in fear because of the “communal atmosphere being created” by some political parties. Som had also assured that BJP is with the people of Uttar Pradesh and that he won’t let any untoward incident happen.
Meanwhile, the nine-member BJP delegation which visited Kairana to probe the alleged ‘migration’ of Hindu families on Wednesday targeted the UP government over the deteriorating law and order condition in the state.
Addressing a press conference Suresh Kumar, BJP spokesperson said, “The common man is not feeling safe and is helpless as he has no options but to live in an unsafe environment and the Uttar Pradesh government is fully responsible for this. Today I spoke with many people. The list which was released by Hukum Singh ji only included 346 families from Kairana and 83 of Kandla whwre as in real there are more people who have left the village and there are many more you are willing to do the same.”