UP polls: BJP MLA Suresh Rana booked for hate speech in Shamli
Rana, who is seeking a re-election from the same constituency, is named in several cases related to 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots
Sitting MLA of Thana Bhawan, Suresh Rana of BJP has been booked by Shamli police for allegedly promoting enmity between classes and circulating rumours to cause fear to the public in his campaign speech where Rana allegedly said that curfew will be imposed in Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad if he wins the polls.
According to Times of India, Shamli SP Ajay Pal said, "A case has been registered against Suresh Rana under section 125 (Promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) of Representation of the People Act, IPC section 505 (2) (whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumour or report with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public) and section 171 (g) (False statement in connection with an election)."
Rana, who is seeking a re-election from the same constituency, is named in several cases related to 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. A video that hit viral on social media shows Rana speaking in a BJP booth meeting in Thana Bhawan area of Shamli district, wherein he said, " Main haar gaya toh Deoband mei jashn manaya jayega ki Suresh Rana ka ilaaj kar diya. Aur yadi maidan maar liya to Kairana, Deoband, Moradabad mein curfew lag jayega mitro..ki Suresh Rana phir jeet ke aa gaya . (If I lose in the polls, there will be celebration in Deoband, but if I win, the curfew will be imposed in Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad. That is why I am urging you all to raise slogans of Bharat mata ki jai in the procession from Shamli to Thana Bhawan on March 11)."
Congress leader and lawyer Shehzad Poonawala brought the issue to UP police notice and filed a petition to Election Commission of India, National Commission for Minorities and UP police for "hate speech against Muslims". The police haven't registered a case aginst Rana, but said that they are proceeding with an investigation.
Times of India quoted Pal as saying, "He did not mention any community directly. But yes, by his statements he has tried to influence elections by giving a false statement and spreading a rumour to cause fear."