Stunned to find his family in the Bharatiya Janata Party's "exodus" list, Gaurav Jain, a businessman, has filed a police complaint for being dragged into the controversy fanned by Hukum Singh, BJP's leader in Shamli district, where, he claims, Hindus have fled due to intimidation and harassment by Muslims.
The Indian Express reported today that Jain's father, Paras Chand, is among 63 names in Singh's second list which includes families who have allegedly fled from Kairana and Kandhla, two towns in Shamli district in western Uttar Pradesh. The first list, which contained over 300 names from the town of Kairana, was debunked by the media and the Uttar Pradesh police.
After the media and the U.P. Police provided evidence contradicting Singh's claims, the BJP leader made a U-Turn, characterizing the problem as a law and order issue and not a communal one.
BJP's political opponents have accused the Hindu nationalist party of trying to incite communal tensions ahead of the 2017 State Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
Jain told the police that unidentified people have written “up for sale” on the wall of his house in Shamli’s Kandhla town, and they are circulating photos in the media as an example of the Hindu "exodus," The Indian Express reported.
“I moved out in 2010 for the growth of my career. Later, my family — parents, wife and children — also shifted to Ghaziabad. (But) in the list, my father’s name too has figured,” Jain told the newspaper.
“I was surprised to see in the media a photo of my house with a message written on the wall that it is up for sale. The house is located at Saravgyan mohalla in Kandhla. The media is showing my house in the context of the exodus. I immediately complained about it to the district magistrate and requested for an inquiry, ” he said.
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