Lucknow, Sep 20: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Uttar Pradesh Suresh Rana who was arrested for allegedly making an inflammatory speech leading to the Muzaffarnagar riots, on Friday denied making any controversial speech, and alleged that it’s a conspiracy by the Uttar Pradesh Government to target BJP leaders.
“Today I raised the matter of Muzaffarnagar violence in the session, and when I demanded Azam Khan’s resignation, they decided to arrest me. They are treating political leaders like criminals. This is a common man’s voice and it can’t be stopped,” he said.
“We did not give any controversial speech. If the government has any CD, I demand that they present it in front of us. They don’t have any CD. It’s a conspiracy and they are purposely trying to target BJP. But we won’t get scared by this arresting,” he added.
The Uttar Pradesh Government on Friday arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Suresh Rana who is accused of inciting tension in Muzaffarnagar, which claimed the lives of atleast 40 people.
He was charged for allegedly making a provocative speech during the mahapanchyat held on Sep mber 7, following which riots erupted in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas.
According to reports, the police arrested him from Samta Mulk Samaj Chowk in Lucknow after Rana came out of the Assembly building around 5 pm. He has been taken to the Gomti Nagar police station.
Rana was among the 16 political leaders against whom a local court in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for allegedly inciting communal violence.
Reports state that the court ordered arrests of Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) MP Kadir Rana, MLAs Jameel Ahmed and Noor Salim Rana, Congress leader Saeduzzaman, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) MLAs Sangeet Som and Bhartendu Singh, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leaders Rakesh Tikait and Naresh Tikait among others.
The Uttar Pradesh Government has constituted a one-member judicial commission to probe the Muzaffarnagar violence, which has claimed over 40 lives.
The commission, which would mainly look into administrative lapses, if any, in controlling the violence, would submit its report to the government within two months.
Violence broke out in the Kawal area of Muzaffarnagar on August 27, when members of a community returning from a panchayat meeting in Naglabadhod, three kilometres from Kawal, clashed with members of another community. (ANI)