This is with reference to two news reports in leading dailies dated Monday March 26, THE HINDU (on p.11) and the Times of India (p. 9). According to these reports, one AMIT JANI of the Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena has made a FACEBOOK post in which he has “threatened to storm the JNU campus and gun down” JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and student Umar Khalid if they do not voluntarily leave the campus by March 31.
AMIT JANI has threatened to “finish off” the students quietly and without warning, for which they have the weapons if the students do not comply by March 31. He has further said he would like to accomplish this deed before Durgashtami.
As this is a very serious threat to the lives of two students, we urge you to take all possible immediate preventive action against AMIT JANI and his organisation, for issuing this open threat. As concerned teachers in Jawaharlal Nehru University, we would like to know what action will be taken against such violent and life threatening cyber attacks which are also a further incitement to violence, as the post has already received 2000 likes, according to the news reports.
This too, has received no response.
4. A complaint was also submitted electronically to Facebook. An official response was received from Facebook and the post has been taken down. However, Jani continues with impunity to address the media, claiming that men and arms have already entered JNU.
5. Finally, yesterday, on the 4th of April, the Vice President of JNUSU, Shehla Rashid, wrote the following letter to the VC, as JNUSU has not heard back from the Administration after their first letter sent on March 29, 2016:
Hope you are doing well. I’m writing to ask the status of the action taken by the University administration on the threats by one Mr. Amit Jani to “storm JNU campus and kill JNU students, Kanhaiya and Umar”.
I had submitted a letter with your office, dated 29th March, 2016 to initiate criminal proceedings against Mr. Amit Jani. Mr. Jani, the President of “UP Narnirman Sena” is not a nonentity and has contested MLA elections. He has earlier lived up to his promise of demolishing Mayawati’s statue. I think he’s someone we should take seriously. We have seen shootouts at schools and colleges in the USA, in Peshawar, at IISC, etc. Such things are not uncommon or unheard of. I’m quoting from a TOI report dated 27-03-2016:
“In his post, which was written in Hindi with a picture of Kanhaiya attached, Jani wrote, “There are four days left for the ultimatum to leave Delhi by March 31. Tell me, countrymen. Are we ready to finish him (Kanhaiya) off after that? We have the boys and we have the weapons. We will do this quietly, without giving notice, so that he does not vanish like Owaisi and so that the police don’t intervene. I want to know if people support this cause, for which I am willing to go to jail. I swear on Maa Bhagwati, if I can’t organize a shootout at JNU then I will quit politics.”In 2012, Jani had given a similar ultimatum to raze statues of former CM Mayawati. Since the state government did not oblige him, Jani had gone ahead and vandalized the statue.“
I had also attached two newspaper clippings along with the letter that I submitted on 29-03-2016. After that, on the 31st of March, Amit Jani gave a statement to the effect that the guns and the men have already reached JNU. I quote:
“Amit Jani, leader of the Meerut-based Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena (UPNS) who had threatened to gun down Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and 28-year-old research scholar Umar Khalid, has claimed that 10 of his party workers, all JNU students, are “waiting for the right moment” to kill the two student leaders. He said his men had even managed to smuggle weapons into the campus and that the “deed” would be carried out during the Navratras.” [emphasis added]
I urge you to watch this video and provide the same to the police:
“there will be a shootout in JNU, mess, hostel, library, etc. We don’t care about the law and whatever we have said is cast in stone and is not subject to any change.”
The JNUSU is worried about the safety of the members of the JNU community, including the students. We expect the administration to initiate police action to prevent any mishap. Specifically, we expect the JNU administration to file an FIR against Mr. Jani.
I expect to hear back from the JNU administration on this issue ASAP.