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UP Elections 2017: BJP leader Sangeet Som booked for allegedly showing controversial documentary

Controversial BJP leader Sangeet Som, accused of fuelling the 2014 Muzaffarnagar riots, was on Wednesday booked for allegedly violating the poll code by screening a documentary containing 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,” SSP J Ravindra Kumar said.

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.