Muzzaffarnagar, Apr 20: The Thane Bhawan police on Thursday filed a charge sheet against Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and Uttar Pradesh Minister of State Suresh Rana and eight others in connection with the alleged hate speech made by Rana during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The charge sheet was filed in the Kairana court.

Rana, who is the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Cane Development and Sugar Mills in Yogi Adityanath’s government, will face trial for making the alleged hate speech on January 28, 2017 during the election campaigning in Shamli‘s Thana Bhawan area.

During the campaigning in the recently held assembly elections, Rana had told a gathering at Thana Bhawan that sweets would be distributed in Deoband if he loses, but curfew would be imposed in Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad if he gets elected again.

Thana Bhawan Police had on January 30, 2017, registered a case against Rana and eight others under IPC Section 505 (Making a statement with intent to incite) and Section 125 (Promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) of The Representation of the People Act for his controversial remarks.

Rana is also an accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots. The Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013 led to the killing of at least 62 people and more than 50,000 people were displaced in the communal clashes between Muzaffarnagar and its neighbouring districts.