Lucknow: BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som on Wednesday reached the Uttar Pradesh Assembly with several of his colleagues and party Vice President Uma Bharti, and challenged the police to arrest him for allegedly delivering a hate speech during the riots in Muzaffarnagar.
Denying that he made hate speeches which instigated communal violence, Som claimed that his party workers only shared the clip which was uploaded by SP workers. He further asserted that sharing the clip is not a crime. "Prove me wrong and I am ready to be arrested. SP workers uploaded the clip. My party workers only shared it which is not a crime. I have not given any hate speeches. You can examine the clip. I want to ask why if they have such a clip of mine, why aren't they showing it to the public?" Som said.
Almost a week after four MLAs were named in an FIR charging them with instigating communal tension in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday cordoned off the state Assembly to arrest them.
But despite all the arrangements the some of the accused MLAs reached the Assembly without the police taking any action. Som entered the Assembly and told the media that he has been in his constituency. "I don't know where the police is searching for me," said Som.
It is not only Som but other law-makers, too, who are roaming free with impunity as the state administration has not taken any action against them so far.
Arrest warrants have already been issued against the several UP politicians including Sangeet Som, BJP MLA Bhartentu Singh, Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders Rakesh Tikait and Naresh Tikait, BSP MP Kadir Rana, BSP MLA Noor Saleen Rana, BSP MLA Jameel Ahmed, Congress leader Saidujama and 16 other people.
BJP's Hukum Singh and Suresh Rana, who were also named in the FIR, had attended Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Monday. The Assembly also saw unruly scenes over the riots, with opposition BSP and BJP trying to corner the Samajwadi Party government.
Meanwhile, dismissing allegations that he had asked the state police to go easy on Muzaffarnagar rioters as shown on a news channel, Urban Development Minister and the minority face of the ruling Samajwadi Party in the state Azam Khan said, "I have nothing to do with it. I have nothing to explain. What channel has done is professionally wrong. The reporter has put words in the SHO's mouth. All the call records are available, you can investigate it. If I am found guilty I am ready for punishment."