Sangeet Som booked under National Security Act

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Muzaffarnagar, September 24:  BJP MLA Sangeet Som, who was arrested for alleged involvement in fake video uploading case and making provocative speeches, was on Tuesday booked under the stringent National Security Act (NSA).

District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma told PTI that he was also detained under NSA by the district authorities. The warrant booking him under the stringent law was served on him in Urai District jail.

Mr. Som, accused of uploading a fake video that played a role in provoking communal tension in Muzaffarnagar and making inflammatory speeches, was arrested in Meerut on September 21.

His arrest came a day after the Uttar Pradesh Police took into custody BJP MLA Suresh Rana in Lucknow on charges of making provocative speeches to incite riots in Muzaffarnagar.

A court in Muzaffarnagar had on Wednesday issued arrest warrants against 16 politicians and community leaders including Mr. Som, BSP MP Qadir Rana, BJP MLA Bhartendu Singh, BSP MLAs Noor Saleem and Maulana Jameel, Congress leader Saeeduzaman and BKU chief Naresh Tikait.

They were wanted for violating prohibitory orders and provoking communal tension with inflammatory speeches in different meetings (mahapanchayats) in the district, according to the police.

High drama had unfolded in front of UP Assembly on Wednesday with BJP leaders and workers, led by Uma Bharati, protested against the possible arrest of party MLA Mr. Som.

Facing criticism over failure to arrest several MLAs despite warrants being issued against them by a court in Muzaffarnagar, IG (Law and Order) R.K. Vishwakarma had said that the arrests were being “deliberately avoided” as the session of state Assembly was in progress.

Mr. Som was denied bail by a Muzaffarnagar court on Monday.

The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas claimed 49 lives and displaced over 40,000 people.

The BJP has lashed out at the Samajwadi Party government alleging that its workers were being targeted and implicated in cases “without evidence”.

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