In another round of eggs on his face, the BJP MP Hukum Singh’s attempts to poison the environment in Uttar Pradesh received big setback.
According to an Indian Express report, one of the four persons from the BJP’s Kandhla “exodus” list that the Shamli administration had declared as “dead” while submitting its probe report last week has turned out to be alive.
After learning about his death from his neighbour two days ago, Yogendra Sethi, “rushed to Kandhla on Sunday to prove that I am still alive.”
He said, “Due to the disturbing situation in Kandhla, I decided to shift to Delhi with my mother Raj Rani about a year ago.”
The district administration’s role too has become questionable as it too had declared him and three other persons “dead” after conducting an inquiry into the 63 names in the second “exodus” list released by BJP MP Hukum Singh on 14 June.
Questions may be asked if the local administration of Samajwadi Party government is colluding with the right-wing Hindutva forces determined to cause riots in the area.
The Akhilesh Yadav government has often been accused of striking a secret deal with the BJP.
Earlier too, a businessman from Ghaziabad had contradicted Singh, after finding his name in his list.
Astonishingly, Singh himself has confessed making false claims and yet the gstate government has not acted against him.
The subdivisional magistrate of Kairana, Ram Avtar Gupta, who had similarly led the inquiry into the MP’s first list of 346 Hindu families, admitted to learning about the man who was declared dead as being “alive”.
He, however, cited the “confusion” at the neighbours’ end, whom the team had consulted as part of its investigation. “The team, which was led by the Revenue Officer, prepared its report on the basis of information collected from the local residents. In this case, it appears that neighbours must have told the team that the man (Yogendra) was dead,” the SDM said.
Revenue Officer Radhey Shyam has decided to “visit the locality again to verify Yogendra’s claim”. “I believe the neighbours were confused with Yogendra’s brother, who actually is dead,” he said.
“I will meet officials in the administration for correction in the records,” Yogendra said.