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‘Publicity bid’: Adarsh Sharma held for Rs 11 lakh bounty on Kanhaiya’s head

Earlier, he was questioned by the police at a police station in New Delhi district.

New Delhi: JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore
New Delhi: JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore

Delhi Police Monday arrested Adarsh Sharma, the man who claims to be president of Purvanchal Sena which had announced through posters a reward of Rs 11 lakh for anyone who “shoots” JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Investigation has revealed that Sharma contested the assembly polls in 2015 from Nangloi Jat constituency as an independent candidate, said a source. During questioning, he claimed he pasted the posters in several areas of Mandir Marg and Parliament Street only to gain ‘media-publicity’, added the source.

During questioning, Sharma initially said he was depressed after Kumar’s speech on JNU campus after he was released on interim bail, said the source. “Sharma claimed he held discussions with his people from Purvanchal and collected funds for publishing these posters.

But after sustained questioning, he admitted he had pasted these posters only to gain media attention.” The officer added, “Sharma said he did not get any media attention when he contested the elections for Purvanchal Mahapanchayat.”

Police are looking into the role of other people in putting up the posters. DCP (New Delhi district) Jatin Narwal said, “He was arrested under sections 116, 505, 506, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code and Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act.”

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The IPC sections in the case are for abetment of offence punishable with imprisonment, public mischief, criminal intimidation and forgery. Investigation is on and more charges can be added if needed, said an officer.

On Saturday, the posters were seen on a wall near Press Club of India, and at bus stops and Metro stations in New Delhi district. They carried Sharma’s name and mobile number.