A leader of BJP’s youth wing has offered a bounty of 11 lakh for beheading West Bengal’s Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee following state police action against a saffron rally billed as a show of strength.
The threat came the next day after hundreds of saffron activists took out massive rallies in the heart of Kolkata to mark Hanuman Jayanti, highlighting the growing muscle of right-wing forces in a state the BJP barely managed a toehold in the past.
“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 organises Iftar party and always supports Muslims,” Yogesh Varshney, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha
Police in West Bengals’ Birbhum district said they had already warned the of Bir Hanuman Jayanti on Sunday that no rally or meeting would be allowed. The organisers pressed on and assured the police that they would not carry arms. However, police did not move from its stand and charged on.