BJP MLA Sangeet Som surrenders over Muzaffarnagar riots

Lucknow, Sept. 21 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sangeet Som, who is accused of allegedly making an inflammatory speech leading to the Muzaffarnagar riots, surrendered before Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday.

Som, who was served with an arrest warrant, said that he is a law abiding citizen, and therefore, would surrender.

The Uttar Pradesh Government on Friday arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Suresh Rana who is accused of inciting tension in Muzaffarnagar, which claimed the lives of atleast 40 people.

He was charged for allegedly making a provocative speech during the mahapanchyat held on September 7, following which riots erupted in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas.

Rana, however, denied making any controversial speech, and alleged that it's a conspiracy by the Uttar Pradesh Government to target BJP leaders.

He was among the 16 political leaders against whom a local court in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for allegedly inciting communal violence.

The Uttar Pradesh Government has constituted a one-member judicial commission to probe the Muzaffarnagar violence, which has claimed over 40 lives.

The commission, which would mainly look into administrative lapses, if any, in controlling the violence, would submit its report to the government within two months.

Violence broke out in the Kawal area of Muzaffarnagar on August 27, when members of a community returning from a panchayat meeting in Naglabadhod, three kilometres from Kawal, clashed with members of another community. (ANI)