BJP MLA Suresh Rana lands in controversy for provoking speech against Muslims

Photo of BJP MLA Suresh Rana.

Muzaffarnagar: Controversial Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Suresh Rana today landed himself in controversy for inciting hatred speech after he said that curfew will be imposed in Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad if he is elected again in assembly polls next month.

The MLA who is an accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and the party candidate from Thana Bhawan seat in neighbouring Shamli district, has been booked by Uttar Pradesh Police later on charges of making remarks at a gathering in his constituency on Saturday.

He said, “If I emerge as the winner (in UP polls), curfew will be imposed in Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad.”

Circle officer of Thana Bhawan, Sunil Kumar Tyagi said, a case was registered against Rana under IPC Section 505 (Making a statement with intent to incite) and Section 125 (Promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) of The Representation of the People Act for his controversial remarks and also for violating the model code of conduct for elections.

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Kairana made headlines last year after BJP MP Hukum Singh alleged that there was exodus of Hindus and released a list of more than 300 Hindu families who had reportedly fled the town following repeated extortion threats and violent attacks.

Singh had alleged that the ruling Samajwadi Party was preventing action against anti-social elements responsible for the exodus since they happened to be its supporters.

Rana has also been booked for allegedly violating the model code of conduct after he held a public gathering and took out a road show at Hathi Karonda village in his constituency in Shamli district yesterday without the permission of the authorities, police said.

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