A BJP leader of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has sparked controversy after he announced a bounty of Rs 11 lakh for cutting off the head of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The threat was issued by Yogesh Varshney after the police in Bengal used batons to disperse a rally raising slogans in praise of Lord Rama on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti.
"Mamata government beat up people. If someone was wearing a red shirt or a red pant, they were beaten up brutally by the police. I don't understand...Mamata Banerjee organises Iftar party, she argues for the Muslims. I want to ask her are Hindus not human?” Varshney said while criticising the police action on the rally.
"If they had any humanity, they wouldn't have beaten up like this. If anyone brings me her severed head, I will give that person Rs 11 lakh," Varshney added.
Yesterday, police in Suri town of Birbhum district used batons to disperse a rally which shouted slogans in praise of Lord Ram.
The police had set up an iron barrier which those in procession tried to break, prompting the law-enforcers to make a lathicharge.
At another place on the outskirts of Suri, thousands of people had ignored a police ban to participate in a rally taken out under the aegis of an organisation observing Hanuman Jayanti.
The Suri Police had on Sunday told the organisers of Bir Hanuman Jayanti that it would not allow holding of any rally or meeting on Tuesday. The organisers had asked the police to allow the rally after assuring that they would not carry arms.
However, the police did not budge from its stand.
Meanwhile, West Bengal general secretary of BJP Sayantan Basu has alleged that the district administration at first had accorded permission, but later withdrew it on order of the TMC bosses.