Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) have arrested the main conspirator Amit Jani along with his three accomplices on Friday night in connection with the vandalisation of Dalit icon Mayawati’s statues at Gomati Nagar in Lucknow.

Meanwhile, in a late night action on Thursday, the Akhilesh Yadav government put up a new statue of Mayawati at the designated place.

It is alleged that four youths had smashed Maya’s marble statues on Thursday. Angered over the incident BSP activists held demonstrations all over the state.

Confirming the arrest, SSP Ashutosh Pandey said, Jani had been arrested along with a Mathura native Rajendra Singh Farari and another accomplice Kasim Chaudhary who is also the deputy head of Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena from Lucknow. Kasim, who is originally from Ghaziabad, used to live in a rented house in the Chinhat area of Lucknow and was also pursuing an MBA degree from a local institute.

However when arrested he showed no signs of remorse but admitted the fact that the way the Maya statues were vandalized was not proper. Kasim was involved in the entire exercise, while Amit Jani is said to be the main conspirator of the crime.

Curfew has been clamped in the entire state while police is watching the events cautiously and there was no report of any untoward incident taking place in the state so far.

Opposition BSP leaders met Governor BL Joshi and demanded President’s rule in the state. However, reports of the probe carried out so far in the incident has disclosed that Kasim Chaudhary, Deputy President Uttar Pradesh Nav-Nirman Sena (UPNS) had executed this in collusion with three of his accomplices.

The police said that UPNS Chief had come to Lucknow from Meerut on April 25 along with his three accomplices where he got three rooms booked in a local hotel and also kept a watch on the security and other arrangements around Ambedkar Memorial.

Meanwhile, PL Punia Chairman NCST (National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes) did not make any delay in taking stock of the matter and got a case registered in Thursday evening.
He, however, said that he has not got reports of any action taken in this regard. “The entire incident exhibits the anti–Dalit mentality of the society,” Punia said.

JPN\ Bureau

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