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Video shows farmers brandishing swords as BJP legislators delivered speeches
Tuesday September 17, 2013 6:38 PM, News Network

Four Bhartia Janata Party (BJP) legislators addressed a 'mahapanchayat' on September 07 where many farmers were openly brandishing swords and guns, a prominent news channel claimed based on video footages accessed by it.

The four BJP MLAs have been accused by the police of stirring communal hatred. None of them is arrested so far.

"Seen delivering a speech is Hukum Singh, the BJP's Leader in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. Watching him are partymen Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana. Hukum Singh tells the crowd that earlier atrocities by minorities were not investigated or punished by the administration", NDTV, a prominent national TV channel said in a report.

Interestingly, the meeting took place even after the local officials banned public meetings. The ban was imposed after the murders of two Hindu youths followed by a Muslim youth in August 27.

Hukum Singh however has distanced himself from the meeting.

"I did not organise it, I was merely called there," NDTV quoted Hukum Singh as saying.

He said that he left within 10 minutes as "he was shocked to the police allowing people to bring weapons."

The footage shows the agitated crowd leaving the meeting shouting inflammatory slogans, wielding guns, cleavers and batons.

As they left the meeting, groups of farmers were attacked. In the next 48 hours, nearly 50 people, mostly Muslims, were killed. It is also alleged that girls and women including minor girls were raped, and kept captives.

At other meetings, leaders from other parties too stoked the tension.

After Friday prayers on August 30, local leaders from the Congress and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party or BSP delivered incendiary speeches, the police said, to an audience of about 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, in Muzaffarnagar.

They have been named in a police case for instigating communal tension, but have not been arrested yet.


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