Akhilesh govt orders probe on Kairana migration issue

BJP-genUttar Pradesh government has ordered a probe in connection with the alleged forced migration of some section of residents from Kairana town in Shamli district. War of words had broken out over the issue between the ruling Samajwadi Party and BJP soaring the political temperatures in the state, where polls are due to be held early next year.

Shamli District Magistrate has asked the SDM and Circle Officer to probe into the allegations that “jihadi elements” had forced migration of some residents from there, IG (Law and Order) HR Sharma told the press.

The issue was raised by BJP during its national executive in Allahabad. BJP chief Amit Shah had announced setting up of a committee comprising his MPs and MLAs to “study” the situation.

“The migration happening in Kairana due to violence is a matter of serious concern. There is an atmosphere of violence. The lack of development and the lack of governance in the largest state of India, that is Uttar Pradesh, is becoming a matter of serious concern,” Amit Shah had said.

BJP MP from Kairana Hukum Singh has even gone on to allege that 346 families have been forced to flee the town. But his claims are now under cloud after reports emerged in the press that several residents and people have left without any force to look for better opportunities, while some of the people named in BJP leader’s list are not even alive.

On the other hand, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav accused BJP leaders of “resorting to lies”.

“The BJP is alleging that the Samajawadi Party Government forced the people flee from Kairana… BJP can be dishonest to this extent,” Akhilesh Yadav said adding that most of the people left the village about 10 to 15 years back while others left in search of jobs about seven or eight years back.

“A house to house search shows the lie of BJP,” he said.

Speaking on the issue, BSP supremo and former Chief Minister Mayawati said BJP is raking up issues like Kairana to divert attention from its defeat in Rajya Sabha and Council polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Last week, National Human Rights Commission too had issued a notice to the UP government in this regard.

While observing that the allegations made were serious in nature, the NHRC directed the state’s DIG (Investigation) to depute a team of officers for a spot enquiry in the matter covering all the allegations made in the complaint and submit a report within two weeks.

(With reports from the Agencies)