In a major breakthrough, the prime suspects behind the vandalisation of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati’s statue here were arrested by the UP Police on Friday night.
Amit Jani, president of the little-known UP Navnirman Sena, and associate Rajendra Chowdhary were nabbed by sleuths of the special task force of the UP Police at a Delhi mall after a tip-off from the Delhi Police. Ali, the outfit’s vice-president, was held in Lucknow.
Inspector general of police Ashutosh Pandey said Jani is the main conspirator behind the incident and Ali is among the four youths involved in damaging the marble statue.
He said Ali was identified from video footage provided by some mediapersons present when the statue was being damaged at the Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal on Thursday afternoon. “We were tracking their mobile phone locations continuously as a result of which the police succeeded in arresting them,” he said.
Earlier, the Bahujan Samaj Party gave the Samajwadi Party government two days to restore the statue and even asked UP governor BL Joshi to recommend imposition of President’s Rule in the state.
“The Samajwadi Party government has failed to control law and order. Mafiosi and criminal elements are harassing common people even as the state government remains a mute spectator,” the BSP said.