Amit Jani, the president of UP Navnirman Sena, who has threatened to kill JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid for their ‘anti-national’ remarks, has a reason to do so.
Reportedly, Jani wanted to become famous. And to fulfill his ambition, he chose Kumar and Khalid, who have been hogging the headlines ever since the February 9 incident at JNU.
In April this year, the Delhi Police had recovered a country-made pistol and a letter threatening Kanhaiya and Khalid on a Delhi Transport Corporation bus at the JNU campus.
Jani had claimed that a JNU student told him that weapons could be smuggled in through the Route No. 615 DTC bus, which originated at Minto Road and went right inside the campus, terminating near Purvanchal Hostel. The students, as per his claims, mislead him and informed the Delhi Police about the plan.
On April 17, Jani’s brother, Saurabh Agarwal, and his associate, Sulabh Bharadwaj, were arrested for writing the letter, and leaving the weapon and cartridges in the bus. Agarwal had allegedly plotted to kill Kumar and Khalid while he was at a hotel in Paharganj.
However, Jani later said that the pistol was meant to be used to kill All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader and member of parliament Asaduddin Owaisi.
Ever since the Delhi Police recovered the weapon and cartridges, Jani has been updating the media on the progress in the case and the investigations.
Jani had earlier been booked for vandalising Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati’s statues in Uttar Pradesh and has also attacked the offices of the Shiv Sena in several parts of the state following attacks on non-Maharashtrians in Mumbai.