Two days after JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was released on bail, posters were put up in central Delhi offering a reward of Rs 11 lakh to anyone who shoots him dead. Bearing the name of the Purvanchal Sena and its president Adarsh Sharma, the posters were seen at bus stops and Metro stations in the New Delhi district.
The posters in Hindi read, “Whoever shoots JNUSU president and traitor Kanhaiya Kumar will be rewarded Rs 11 lakh from the Purvanchal Sena.” The poster is signed by Adarsh Sharma, ‘Son of Purvanchal, President, Purvanchal Sena’, and also includes his mobile number.
Police said a case has been registered against Sharma for defacing public property. After investigation, police said more sections under the IPC may be added.
When contacted, Sharma said he, along with an auto-rickshaw driver, pasted at least 1,000 posters Friday night.
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“Kanhaiya has done wrong… He was part of the group which raised anti-India slogans and such people should be punished like this,” he said, adding that his action was triggered after he heard Kumar’s latest speech.
“I got very agitated after listening to his speech. Initially, I was supporting him as I thought he was falsely implicated by police. But I was shocked after hearing his speech. He was attacking our motherland, which is totally unacceptable,” he said.
Sharma said he discussed the issue with his friends and collected money for the posters from them. He added that though he did not have money for the “reward”, he would seek donations from all Purvanchalis. “If anyone shoots Kanhaiya, we will collect Rs 11 lakh,” he said.
When asked if he feared police action, he said, “What can police do? Police will take me to jail. I will go.”
Kumar, who did his BA in Media Science from Kolkata, hails from Badiya in Lakhisarai district of Bihar. He said during his college days, he was an ABVP students’ union president. “I have been associated with the RSS since childhood. Later, I began my own organisation in 2014 to look into the issue of Purvanchalis,” said Sharma.
AAP, CPI demand action
The AAP Saturday demanded the immediate arrest of those responsible for putting up posters announcing a cash reward for anyone who shoots dead JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.
Stating that the posters could “disturb” the law and order situation in the capital, it said, “Delhi Police should immediately arrest the individual in whose name the posters have been put up and it must find out the mastermind behind the entire conspiracy. These posters are part of a malicious hate campaign, which is being boosted by atrocious statements repeatedly coming from some BJP leaders and frontal organisations of this party…”
The CPI also alleged that the ABVP was behind the posters and demanded that a probe be initiated into the issue.