New Delhi: BJP MP Sangeet Som has been given Z category  security by the Central  Reserve Police Force only within Uttar Pradesh, Ministry of Home Affairs sources told ANI.

Elite Security cover was provided to Som keeping in view the intelligence inputs of threats to his life .

Sangeet Som is accused of inciting violence in Muzaffarnagar

Som is the BJP MLA from Sardhana in Meerut, 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

Opposition Congress and other political parties have questioned and expressed their displeasure over the decision.

Congress leader and former I and B minister Manish Ttiwari said it is “ironical that riot victims are homeless and an accused is being given security.”

The Samajwadi Party also said that the decision to provide security to a riot accused  is ‘unfortunate’

BJP’s Spokesperson Shah Nawaz Hussain defended the government’s decision, saying security is given after analyzing the threat perception against a particular person.

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