BJP’s Sangeet Som Booked for Showing Communal Riot Clips to Voters

Som defended himself by saying there is nothing controversial in the CD and parts of video had already been aired.

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Sangeet Som has also been accused of fuelling 2014 Muzaffarnagar riots. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="">@som_sangeet</a>)

Controversial BJP leader Sangeet Som, accused of fuelling the 2014 Muzaffarnagar riots, was booked on Wednesday for allegedly violating the poll code. He was accused of screening a documentary that contained parts of his speech related to the Dadri lynching and his arrest earlier.

Som, Virendra Kumar and Chandrshekhar Singh have been booked for violating the poll code under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of IPC and Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act. Kumar and Singh, while campaigning, screened a documentary on Muzaffarnagar riots, Kawal killings, mahapanchayat in Khera village and Som’s arrest during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.
J Ravindra Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police

The vehicle used for canvassing and the CD of the documentary has been seized by police.

District Magistrate B Chandrakala said she has sought a detailed report on the matter from SDM Meerut.

However, Som, who is contesting from Sardhana seat, said there was "nothing controversial in the CD and that parts of the video had already been aired on TV news channels".

The BJP MLA was booked under the stringent National Security Act in connection with the Muzaffarnagar riots. His visit to Bisada village of Dadri, where a mob lynched a Muslim man on suspicion of consuming beef in September 2015, had also triggered a row.

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