Uttar Pradesh: Controversial Hindutva leader Amit Jain and his associate Updesh Rana who posted morphed image of Taj Mahal with a saffron flags on Facebook and WhatsApp were arrested in Agra. Amit Jain president of a radical Hindutva outfit called Navnirman Sena and Updesh Rana were in news under the previous government for ransacking Mayawati’s statue in 2012.
The duo on Facebook had appealed to the Hindu youths to reach Taj Mahal in large numbers on November 3 and participate in recitation of Shiv chalisa. Updesh Rana had posted a image of Taj Mahal with saffron flag and provocative slogans.
“Amit Jani and his associate Updesh Rana were arrested here by the STF, Agra, for posting a computer-generated picture of the Taj Mahal with seven saffron flags atop its pinnacle and minarets on a WhatsApp group,” an STF official said here.
He was arrested by the team of Tajganj police and STF. Jani was booked under sections 153 B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 295 (Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC and 66 of the IT Act .
Amit Jaani had shared a video on his FB page inciting youth against the police. He calls the youth to reach Taj Mahal and recite Shivchalisa and that if any policeman raises a hand to stop them they should tear the uniform.
According to TOI, Amit Jani claimed “For the last 25 years, Yogi Adiyanath has kept saying that Taj Mahal is Tejomahalay, but now after becoming CM Tejomahalay has turned Taj Mahal”. He further said “Two days back Vinay Katiyar announced the monument as Shiv temple, RSS is saying it’s shiv temple, Sangeet Som announced it as bolt on Indian culture, but when I said it’s Shiv temple it became a controversy,”.
Jani was earlier booked under IPC sections 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 295 (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), and relevant sections of the Information Technology Act in Agra.
He has also abused the ISF jawan who previously had removed few hindutva activist reciting Shiv Chalisa. He further hurls abuses against the Jawan stating that Jawan he cannot be a Hindu by birth as he removed hindutva activists who were reciting Shiv chalisa .
Both of them are now arrested and transferred to Agra for further action.
Sources : Times of India