The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sought a report within four weeks from the Akhilesh Yadav government on Friday following allegations that 250 Hindu families were forced to leave Kairana town in western Uttar Pradesh because of extortion and threats.
Terming the allegations as “serious in nature”, the commission also directed its deputy inspector general (Investigation) to send a team for a spot inquiry and submit a report in two weeks.
The move came on a complaint that a Hindu woman was gangraped and murdered in the town recently but police didn’t arrest the suspects because of political pressure. In 2014, two businessmen –Shankar and his brother Raju -were shot dead in broad daylight after they refused to pay money to an alleged Muslim gang, the complaint also said.
The local BJP member of Parliament, Hukum Singh, has claimed more than 250 Hindu families migrated from the city in the last two years following an alleged spike in crime against the community. The party is also sending a team to Kairana.
Police admitted to a few cases of extortion but said the bulk of the migration was because of lack of jobs in the area. Sub-inspector of Kairana police station Ravindra Singh also rejected allegations that the local administration was working under pressure from the Muslim community.
The allegations surrounding the Muslim-majority town – a part of Shamli district – comes less than a year before assembly polls in the politically crucial state.