Although Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary said he knew nothing about Amit Jani,president of the little-known Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena that vandalised BSP president Mayawatis statue today,he is a member of the ruling party,and his Facebook account has his photos with SP president Mulayam Singh,PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav and other SP leaders.
Also,he has seven criminal cases registered against him in Meerut,Jyotiba Phule Nagar (JP Nagar) and Dehradun on charges including theft,dacoity,robbery and attempt to murder.
Sources said Jani was once associated with the Indian National Lok Dal of Om Prakash Chautala. Later,he came close to SP MLC SP MLC from Meerut Sarojini Agarwal and became part of SP in 2010.
Agarwal confirmed Jani was a party member and she knew him very well. Yes,Amit Jani is a member of the SP. I know him personally and he comes to meet me regularly at my residence, she said over the phone.
Jani,however,does not hold any post in the SP and works mostly for his own organisation,UP Navnirman Sena. He was denied SP ticket to contest the Assembly election from Meerut Cantt. Recently,he also sought party ticket to contest the Lok Sabha election from Baghpat.
In 2011,he formed the UP Navnirman Sena,purportedly to counter the anti-north Indian campaign by the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. He has a website,www.amitjani.in,where the SP election symbol,cycle,is prominently displayed.
In his Facebook profile with over 3,000 friends,Jani has posted his pictures with several SP leaders. In one,he is seen in a train with Mulayam Singh Yadav. In another,he is seen with cabinet minister Azam Khan when he was in Meerut on July 7. Yet another picture shows him with Sarojini Agarwal and Shivpal Yadav.
Hundreds of other photographs include Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadavs swearing-in ceremony and his press conferences. Jani himself is seen addressing meetings. A SP sticker with the cycle symbol is displayed on his shirt pocket.
When Rashtriya Lok Dal president Ajit Singh and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi addressed a rally in Meerut in February 2012 during the Assembly elections,Jani showed black flags and was booked.
DGP A C Sharma said the first case against Jani was of theft lodged at the Clement Town police station of Dehradun in 2004. A case of dacoity was lodged at the Didauli PS of JP Nagar in 2010. A case of dacoity was lodged against him at Gajraula PS of JP Nagar in the same year. Sharma said two other cases of rioting and attempt to murder were also pending at Gajraula against Jani. A case of attempt to murder was registered against him at the same police station in 2011,Sharma added.