UP: Modified picture of Taj Mahal on WhatsApp, STF arrest two


Lucknow: Allegedly outraging religious feelings by posting on WhatsApp a modified picture of the Taj Mahal with saffron flags atop its pinnacle and minarets, Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena leader Amit Jani and his associate were arrested by the Special Task Force at Agra on Monday.

Jani was earlier booked under IPC Sections 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 295 (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), and relevant sections of the Information Technology Act in Agra.

In the WhatsApp post, Jani appealed to all men associated with various Hindu organisations to gather at the seventeenth century Mughal monument on November 3, triggering panic and rumours in Agra. Following this, an FIR was registered against him.

Earlier in 2012, Jani had served jail term for three months for allegedly vandalising former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati’s statue in Lucknow’s Gomati Nagar area after the Samajwadi Party came to power.