Z – Security. For Whom?

World is a very strange place. Often you see what you can’t and you do what you shouldn’t. You talk and practice what you don’t believe and you accept what you shouldn’t – and all it’s in the name of pragmatic thinking or demand of situation in National Interest.

When Pakistan is firing and killing our soldiers at border and ordinary villagers living near border are exposed to danger of enemy’s bullet, we are ready to go extra mile to glorify a riot accused – Sangeet Singh Som. He is the BJP MLA from Sardhana in Meerut. He has the distinction of a politician who had been booked under the National Security Act for allegedly instigating riots in Muzaffarnagar, after a controversial video uploaded by him went viral and he is a leader who was also booked for inflammatory speeches which were among the reasons that led to communal violence leaving 65 people dead in September last year. And now he was granted Z Security Status as the nation caught in surprise. Our lopsided priorities brought to fore and ridicule. Only few days ago  we had put the most harmless non-violent Human Right activist Sharmila Irom  under arrest again. A high-level security committee under the home ministry decided to grant Sangeet Som the security status of VVIP.

Now, one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will be assigned the responsibility of Some’s protection. At any given point of time, the person is Z protectee, a security ring of not less than 22 personnel would be at his disposal. The person can also avail security cover by the ITBP, CRPF and the local police. Last but not the least, the protectee is also given an escort car.

According to Government sources, “This is one of the cases where we have decided to accord security purely on merit and not due to any political intervention. Intelligence agencies have several phone intercepts wherein extreme outfits and individuals are making plans to kill Som. We are not going into the legal cases slapped on him by the UP police. Irrespective of that, he has a threat to his life.”

Several political leaders have questioned the NDA government’s move to provide Z+ security cover to BJP MLA Sangeet Som, who is an accused in the Muzzafarnagar riots case. The Congress Party leader Rashid Alvi said “See, I am surprised at how a person against whom there is an FIR for communal violence is provided with Z+ security. Those who are the reason for the riots are being provided security and those who are the victims are without shelter. I condemn this.”

According to Manish Tewari, the former IB Minister: “This is very uncanny about this government that the people who actually suffered in the riots do not have a shelter above their heads, and those who are supposed to be responsible for these riots, are being provided Z+ security. What can be more painful than this for the sufferers of the riots”. Even the Samajwadi Party said that the decision to provide security to a riot accused is ‘unfortunate’

Tariq Anwar of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said, “How can a person who plays with the feelings of a community, and thereby, creates communal tension, be provided with Z+ security. This kind of thing can only happen during the rule of the BJP.”

, and is an accused in the Muzzafarnagar riots case. He was jailed after he was booked under the National Security Act for allegedly circulating a fake video on social media that fuelled tension before the riots. Som was also accused of giving communally-charged speeches.

That takes me back to another World War – II episode and the miscarriage of Justice or connivance of World Powers. Emperor Hirohito of Japan, as commander in chief of the Imperial military, was deeply involved in the day to day management of Japan’s military aggression between 1937 and 1945. He was depicted by the Japanese as a powerless figurehead following the surrender in 1945. Hirohito had participated directly in the planning of Japan’s military aggression and guide its progress.

Following the Japanese surrender, the Australian government wanted to prosecute Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal, but this was opposed by the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, General Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur believed that administration of a defeated Japan would be greatly facilitated if the emperor appeared to be cooperating with the occupying Allied powers. This could not happen if the emperor was charged and convicted of war crimes. President Truman backed MacArthur against Australia, and Japan’s leading war criminal escaped prosecution solely on the ground of political expediency.

So, one has to accept the reality on the face of it. Sangeet Som has helped BJP in Western UP to add its strength in forming the government at the Center. Favors are favors and normal polity requires to return them ASAP. This is reality of today and norm of political polity of present administration.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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