BJP is fanning communal fire in Western Uttar Pradesh again. In an attempt to polarize the election, BJP is circulating a video which is aimed at creating fault line in the society. The controversial Sardhana MLA Sangeet Som has been booked for showing the controversial video. According to reports he allegedly screened footage from the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots as part of a documentary. The riots left 63 people dead and over 50,000 homeless.
UP Officials said, “A case has been filed against Sangeet Som under Section 125 (promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) in the Representation of the People Act, 1951,” Police had seized a CD allegedly containing footage of the riots from Som’s campaign vehicle at Fareedpur village in Meerut’s Sardhana constituency. A case was also filed against the driver of the vehicle and another person for violating Section 144 of CrPc. Police sources said the CD contained footage of the clashes that took place in Muzaffarnagar’s Kawal vil lage in 2013.
District Magistrate of Meerut B Chandrakala told media that the 21-minute documentary had objectionable content and was communal in nature. This tape was analysed by media certification and monitoring committee (MCMC). A report is being compiled and sent to the Election Commission. But, Sangeet Som has been vehemently denying these charges.
The documentary was aimed at projecting BJP MLA Sangeet Som as the Hero of Hindu community. It contained television interviews of Sangeet Som on different News channels during the riots. Som, an accused in the communal flare-up, was among three BJP legislators booked for violating the model code of conduct. The two others are Muzaffarnagar MLA Kapil Dev Agarwal and Shamli representative Suresh Rana, also an accused in the 2013 riots. While Agarwal has been booked for a campaign march from his office to a temple, Rana sat on a dharna held by traders and made an address. Both have been booked under IPC Section 188, i.e. disobedience of an order issued by a public servant.