Amit Jani, who had put up posters threatening Kashmiris to leave Uttar Pradesh was arrested on Saturday. Jani had claimed to lead an unknown outfit Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena.
Partapur police station in-charge Dinesh Sharma said Jani was arrested from the Delhi-Doon highway near Partapur bypass when he was on his way to Dehradun from the capital last night.
Yesterday, through his advocate, the organisation’s chief submitted a surrender application before the special CJM court.
Upon being questioned, he told police that he had got the hoardings put up because soldiers were being martyred in Kashmir.
Jani had first shot into the limelight in 2012 when he damaged a statue of former chief minister Mayawati. Last year, he had been arrested for threatening to kill JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid.
Banners calling for boycott of Kashmiris and asking people from the Valley to leave Uttar Pradesh had come up in the district in the wake of incidents of stonepelting on security forces in Kashmir.
The banners were put up by a little-known outfit, Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena. Its chief Amit Jani said that they have put up these banners and hoardings along the Partapur bypass outside the colleges where Kashmiri students study.
Police said that action will be taken against those putting up such hoardings. The cops had registered a case after a journalist, Anurag Tripathi, contacted them on Twitter informing them about the poster.
But the outfit said it was only the first step and it will launch a “halla bol” campaign from April 30 to “banish” the Kashmiris who do not leave the state on their own.
A video clip of some youths assaulting soldiers on their way to poll duty in Kralpora area in central Kashmir’s Budgam district had gone viral on social media recently, drawing nationwide outrage.