Hoarding against Kashmir students: UP cops out to nab outfit chief
Teams of police and crime branch are conducting raids to nab Amit Jani, president of UP Navnirman Sena, after the organisation displayed about 8-10 controversial hoardings in the city asking Kashmiris to leave the state.
As the news spread, the hoardings were pulled down and a complaint accusing Jani of spreading hatred was lodged at Partapur police station on Thursday night. Soon after, Jani disappeared and a decision was taken to send out teams to locate and arrest him.
“His last locations were in Delhi and the NCR. Teams are constantly following him through surveillance and intelligence inputs. Everything possible is being done to arrest him,” said SP (city) Alok Priyadarshi.
Meanwhile, to reassure Kashmiri students, district magistrate Sameer Verma and SSP J Ravindra Gaur visited Subharti university and interacted with the students there. The officials assured them that the administration would keep them safe and secure. They also provided the students with their telephone numbers. A few students expressed concern regarding travelling in vehicles bearing J&K number plates. Both the DM and the SSP also directed the university officials to reach out to authorities if they sensed any trouble concerning the security of Kashmiri students.
The Subharti university has over 150 Kashmiri students. It first shot into limelight in 2014 when a group of Kashmiri students allegedly celebrated the victory of Pakistan over India in a T-20 cricket match. It triggered a clash between the Kashmiri and the local students, and a case was registered against 67 people. At that time, the Kashmiri students were sent back to their native places to ensure their safety.
It may be recalled that one of the hoardings threatening Kashmiris was displayed near Subharti university. At the time, while speaking to HT, Sena president Jani had claimed that his organisation would not tolerate attacks on army jawans by stone pelters in the militancy-hit J&K. The threatening tone of the message in the hoardings created a sense of insecurity among Kashmiris and the union home ministry issued an advisory to the state governments to ensure their safety.