Speaking to the media, the UP CM said: “Nobody is migrating. Who will migrate now as we have come to power? There might be some cases of personal disputes but there is no migration”.
On June 27, it was reported that the complaint lodged on the NaMo app claimed that 125 Hindu families had migrated from Meerut’s Prahlad Nagar due to the harassment of women by Muslims in the area.
The report had triggered a major controversy and it sounded similar to the one that had hit UP’s Kairana in 2016.
The complaint was lodged on the app by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Bhavesh Mehta on June 11.
The Prime Minister's Office had alerted the Chief Minister's Office on the same day, pushing the CMO seeking a report on the matter.
Mehta, in his complaint, said that Prahlad Nagar is a Muslim-dominated locality and is the home of about 425 Hindu families. He alleged that 125 Hindu families have sold their property and migrated to 'safer' localities.
A senior police officer had, however, rejected the merit of the claim, saying that the migration had occurred over the last five-six years.
"When people start earning more, they prefer to move to bigger houses. There has been no panic in the area and complaints of harassment of women have been dealt with strictly," said the official in the rank of an ASP.
The women in Prahlad Nagar had a different story to narrate. They said that eve-teasing and harassment was a "routine" in the area.
"We avoid moving out unless we are accompanied by a male member. We complain to the police but they invariably hush up the case. We hope that the government takes some action and makes life bearable for us," news agency IANS mentioned a woman resident of the area as saying.
Local BJP MP Rajendra Agarwal had, however, assured that he would take up the matter with the UP CM. "There is no reason for Hindu families to be afraid because, in the BJP regime, no one will be allowed to harass our sisters," he had added.
In June 2016, a similar controversy had hit Kairana. The then BJP MP Hukum Singh had alleged that 346 Hindu families had migrated from the area because of the "pressures" from the Muslim community. He, however, had later said that the migration was not because of "communal reasons".