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Muzaffarnagar riots: BJP MLA Sangeet Som served with arrest warrant


Sumit Pande, Shreya Dhoundial, CNN-IBN
Sep 21, 2013 at 10:39am IST

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday served an arrest warrant to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sangeet Som who is being accused of allegedly circulating a hate video which instigated Muzaffarnagar riots.

Meanwhile, BJP chief Rajnath Singh has cancels his Muzaffarnagar visit as the District Magistrate advised him not tour the area as it may cause tension.

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According to sources, Som will likely be arrested on Saturday. This comes a day after BJP MLA Suresh Rana was on Friday arrested for allegedly making hate speech in connection with Muzaffarnagar riots. Rana and Som had been attending Uttar Pradesh Assembly session for the last few days even as police officials had been waiting outside the building to arrest political leaders accused of making inflammatory speeches.

The police had arrested Rana from Samta Mulak Samaj Chowk in Lucknow after he came out of the Assembly building after the session got over at around 5 pm. He has been taken to the Gomti Nagar police station.

Uttar Pradesh Police Inspector General (Law And Order) Rajkumar Vishwakarma on Friday had said that Rana was arrested when he was on his way from the BJP office to Gomati Nagar area of Lucknow in a car.

"I have not run away anywhere. I have done nothing illegal. I had come to surrender myself. They are treating me like a common criminal," Rana had said after his arrest.

Arrest warrants were issued against several UP politicians including BJP MLAs Sangeet Som, Bhartentu Singh, Suresh Rana, Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders Rakesh Tikait and Naresh Tikait, BSP MP Kadir Rana, BSP MLAs Noor Saleen Rana, Jameel Ahmed, Congress leader and former Muzaffarnagar MP Saeed-ur-Zama, Samajwadi Party's Rasheed Siddiqui and 16 other people.

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