New Delhi, Apr 25: Policemen in cities and towns as diverse as Bijnore, Darbhanga, Rewa, Pilibhit and Keonjhar are presently busy confiscating posters and billboard declaring that the world will end on May 21, 2011.
The Darbhanga SSP Vikas Vaibhav on Tuesday ordered the poster to be confiscated and a First Information Report be lodged against unknown persons. The poster appeared on Karpoori Chowk.
The posters appear to be targeted towards neo-convert Christians, while in the USA these billboards are already in circulation.
Hundreds of billboards warning impending doom on May 21, 2011 are courtesy of a California radio station led by 89-year-old Harold Camping, who initially predicted the world would end in 1994.
Warnings of "Judgement Day" are cropping up all over. Along Route 15 in Rockaway Township in USA, a handmade sign has a litany of upheaval that could double as a CNN news crawl: earthquakes, tsunamis and war, writes Kathleen O'Brien for Huffington Post.
Many May 21 believers say the Bible contains clues that brook no argument.
God tells Noah the world will end in seven days; the Bible also equates a day to 1,000 years. The date of the flood has been set at 4990 B.C., so adding 7,000 years plus one for the missing year "0" produces the year 2011.
Translating a biblical reference to a month and day, from the Hebrew calendar to the Gregorian, results in May 21.
"It's no other date. It's only that date," said Michael Garcia, special projects coordinator at Camping's Family Radio enterprise.
The gathering up of saved souls will begin, followed by five months of chaos and tribulation that will serve as a spiritual going-out-of-business sale. It will culminate with the end of the world on Oct. 21, say the alarmists.
Baptist preacher William Miller had thousands of followers -- called Adventists -- convinced the date would be Oct. 22, 1844. Many climbed on their roofs in anticipation of their imminent ascension. When that didn't happen, the day became known as the Great Disappointment.
Family Radio has placed about 1,000 billboards nationally in USA Garcia declined to disclose the cost, nor how much contributors gave in total, but individual donations ranged from $100 to $5,000.