BJP gives 'praise letters' to riot-accused MLAs

The human rights cell of UP BJP Tuesday felicitated its MLAs Sangeet Singh Som, Suresh Rana, Kunwar Bhartendra Singh and 34 other party workers who were arrested in connection with cases related to Muzaffarnagar riots.

These MLAs and workers were also given "appreciation letters", to recognise their "struggle" against the state government during riots and the sacrifice they made and got arrested for the cause of safety of "mata, behen and betian" (mother, sister and daughter) as well as Indian culture. The felicitation was done at a function in Muzaffarnagar.

Party leader in UP Legislative Assembly Hukum Singh, who was named in a case for delivering provocative speech, was the chief guest at the programme.

National convener of BJP's Human Rights Cell Sudhir Agarwal was present at the event.

The MLAs were felicitated two days before the Narendra Modi's Agra rally where party state unit has already announced to honour Som and Rana.

BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai said, "These MLAs deserve felicitation for the work they have done for the society."

BJP's Muzaffarnagar city president Mohan Tayal said:" "All those felicitated were arrested in connection with the Muzaffarnagar riots. While most of them are out on bail, we felicitated family members of a few others who are lodged in jail. All of them are BJP workers."

Tayal also said that cases against these leaders and workers are registered in various police stations of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Saharanpur districts in connection with the riots.

Talking to The Indian Express, Hukum Singh said, "The objective of the event was to mobilise the workers before the Lok Sabha elections. Those who were detained for at least two-hour in police custody were also felicitated."

Som and Rana were arrested in September for allegedly inciting communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and both are currently out on bail. Som was also booked for allegedly sharing a "provocative" video on a social networking site.

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