2014 ‘exodus’: Shamli DM orders survey to determine Kairana households who’ve returned

More than every week after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited households who had been allegedly compelled out of Kairana in Shamli district between 2014 and 2016, and promised them compensation and “security”, the District Magistrate has stated that they’ve began an train to arrange a listing of individuals “who had left Kairana because of the law and order problem and have now returned”.

“After conducting the survey, we will prepare a list of people who left Kairana town in 2013-14 following the law and order issue and have now returned. The list will also include people who left Kairana because of financial losses they suffered due to the law and order problem. A team of Revenue Department will identify such families and prepare a list with the help of locals,” District Magistrate (Shamli) Jasjit Kaur informed The Indian Express.

The checklist ready by the district administration might be verified by the native police unit to keep away from any confusion, the DM added.

In 2016, former BJP MP Hukum Singh had claimed that near 350 Hindus had left below threats from criminals from Kairana, one of many cities hit by the 2013 riots. Following this, the Shamli district administration had then carried out a survey and stated that solely three households had left their houses following alleged extortion threats.

On Sunday, Shamli DM Jasjit Kaur stated that they might undergo the checklist of Hukum Singh and the inquiry report ready by the district administration then. “The current survey will look beyond the list prepared by Hukum Singh,” stated Kaur.

Last Monday, the chief minister had met a number of the households now again in Kairana, together with three who misplaced members to assaults by criminals. “I have sought a report from the district administration about the families which were harmed and their members killed,” the CM had stated.

The three households are of Rajendra Kumar Garg, his cousin Shiv Kumar Singhal and Vinod Kumar Singhal who had been murdered in 2014 in separate incidents in Kairana for allegedly not paying extortion cash to criminals.

Rajendra Kumar Garg and Shiv Kumar Singhal used to collectively run a store, whereas Vinod Kumar owned a grocery store.

While the 2 households — of Rajendra Kumar Garg and Shiv Kumar Singhal — have settled in neighbouring Muzaffarnagar district, the third household of Vinod Kumar Singhal — has returned to Kairana.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Shiv Kumar Singhal’s spouse Anu stated that after her husband’s homicide she moved to Muzaffarnagar alongside together with her three youngsters and has been living there with the household of her brother-in-law since then. “Initially, I stitched clothes for a  living, but now, I have stopped it. My son is employed in a private firm and runs the house. My two daughters have got married,” stated Anu.

Rajendra Kunar Garg’s spouse, Rekha, stated that she too used to sew garments for a living after shifting to Muzaffarnagar. “My son is doing a job in a private company and running the house… After meeting the chief minister, I’m eagerly waiting for the compensation the government decided for us,” she stated.