A BJP youth wing leader on Wednesday announced a bounty of Rs 11 lakh on West Bengal state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s head.
This comes a day after a lathicharge in Birbhum during a Hanuman Jayanti procession. Yesterday, hundreds of saffron activists took out massive rallies in the heart of Kolkata to mark the occasion; highlighting the growing muscle of right-wing forces in a state BJP barely managed a toehead in the past.
“West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee prejudiced against Hindus,” a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader Yogesh Varshney said.
He said in a video, “Those who will cut and bring West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee head, I will give that person Rs11 lakh. Mamata Banerjee never allows Saraswati Puja, fairs during Ram Navami and during Hanuman Jayanti procession, people were lathi charged and brutally beaten up. She organizes Iftar party and always supports Muslims.”
The youth described her as a “demon” and said, “When I saw the video, I only had one thought… that if anyone gets me Mamata Banerjee’s head I will give them 11 lakh.”
The police had on Sunday warned the Bir Hanuman Jayanti organisers that it would not allow any rally or meeting at Suri on Tuesday. “We did not give them permission for any such rally in the area and asked them not to invite any political leaders. In spite of that, there was a rally. We did not initially object but had to intervene when they tried to enter the more sensitive areas of the town with a mixed population,” Birbhum’s Superintendent of Police N Sudheer Kumar said as quoted by IANS.
The organizers had requested and assured the police that they wouldn’t carry arms. However, the rally was taken out and a clash broke out after the police resorted to lathicharge.
“Some people were detained as they did not listen to police and tried to assault our personnel. We had to forcefully stop them and ensure that the situation is under control,” Kumar said.
According to reports, BJP national spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, who was in Kolkata for a party programme, alleged that the police rained batons on participants at the ‘peaceful’ rally, and assailed the government for refusal of permission. “No government in India has ever shown such discrimination before the Trinamool,” he said.