Kairana mass migration: UP Government should take responsibility, says Rijiju

Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju

With the mass migration of Hindu families from Kairana in western Uttar Pradesh grabbing the nation's attention, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday said it's unfortunate that people are forced to leave their village in their own country, adding that the state government should take the responsibility.

"If people have to leave their village in their own country, then the state government should take the responsibility. If the state government seeks any help from us, we will definitely provide them," said Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home.

"The Uttar Pradesh government should take a note of the deteriorating law and order situation and comprehend over it. Hooliganism, hostility and looting, land-related problems etc are rampant in the state, which is adding to people's resentment against the government. The law and order situation has deteriorated to a greater extent and the government must ponder on it. For the development of the state, the government needs to ensure people's safety, which is not happening in Uttar Pradesh," he said, while replying to a question on deteriorating law and order problem in the state.

When asked if the Uttar Pradesh government had sent its report to the MHA, Rijiju said, "We have not received a report from the state government. The state government should have sent its report."

"The Government of India has announced a package for the settlement of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley. The work is going on. There are some problems on the ground, which everybody knows," he said in response to opposition raised by separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani to the proposed Sainik colonies in the Kashmir Valley.

Dispelling the notion that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is re-opening the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases in view of the upcoming Punjab polls, he said, "the government has nothing to do with it. SIT officials are professional, they know their work. The government has nothing to do with it."

According to reports, Delhi had 237 anti-Sikh riot cases that were closed because of non-availability of victims or lack of evidence.

After reviewing their documents, the SIT has decided to reopen around 75 cases. The SIT will issue advertisements regarding these cases and ask victims and witnesses to join the probe.

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