New Delhi: Sangeet Singh Som, BJP's "leading anti-beef crusader" and the new anti-Muslim face of the right wing Hindutva party who is also an accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots, has links with at least two leading Halal meat exporters, media reports claimed Saturday.
The BJP MLA Sangeet Som, who was among the first to visit Dadri in Greater Noida after a 50-year-old Muslim man was dragged out of his house and beaten to death was associated with Al Dua Food Processing Pvt. Ltd. and Al Anam Agro Foods Pvt. Ltd., according to a report published by NDTV.
Al Dua claims on its website that it is a leading producer and exporter of halal meat from India.
The report claims that Sangeet Som was a Director at Al Dua from 2005 to 2008. He was also a Director at Al Anam from January 2008 till June 2008.
Some official documenst accessed by The Hindu said the company, Al-Dua Food Processing Private Ltd, was founded by Som, along with Moinuddin Qureshi and a third partner, to deal in meat and meat products in 2005.
Official documents show that in 2005-06, all three promoters of Al-Dua, one of India’s leading halal meat exporting companies Som co-founded, also advanced unsecured loans to the company. Som gave Rs. 4 lakh, Moinuddin Qureshi Rs. 7.60 lakh and Yogesh Rawat Rs. 4 lakh.
The company also received unsecured loans from two other companies totalling Rs. 10 lakh.
Official filings with the Registrar of Company Affairs show that the company purchased a piece of land for Rs. 30,78,000 in 2005-06.
On March 27, 2008, Som ceased to be a director in the company. He transferred his 20,000 shares in the company to Nasira Begum at Rs. 10 a share. There is no evidence of Som receiving back the unsecured loan he gave the company, or of him charging any premium for the shares in the company.
Al-Dua was not the only business dealing between Sangeet Som and Qureshi, one of India’s leading meat exporters. Som has also been involved as an additional director in Al Anam Agro Foods Pvt. Ltd. with Qureshi.
Despite the official documents showing his associations with the meat exporters, Sangeet Som denied the reports.
“There was nothing about meat. I am a pure Hindu and would do nothing to hurt Hindu sentiment. You would be surprised to know that despite being a Thakur I don’t eat even egg and start my day with a havan,” he said.
Association of Indian non-Muslims with the country's flourishing meat export business in now a secret. ummid.com had in March this year carried a report listing the names of some top non-Muslims who are in the trade.
The report, published after an in-depth study by the Team ummid.com, besides bringing to foth the association of non-Muslim in beef and other linked trades, also said how some of those associated with the trade have different names and identities for different countries and regions. Like, Al Kabeer is 'Samurai' in Japan, 'Falcon Foods' in the UK, and 'Tayebat Al Emarat' in the UAE. It also owns other brands like Tabarruk, Cascade and Coral Reef. Read the full report here.