The Delhi Police on Monday arrested the man who offered a reward of Rs 11 lakh for shooting Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar.
Adarsh Sharma, who claims to be the president of a little known organisation called Purvanchal Sena, had put up around 1,000 posters across New Delhi offering Rs 11 lakh as reward to anyone who kills Kanhaiya Kumar.
“Sharma has been arrested under charges of defacement of public property, abetment of offence punishable with imprisonment, public mischief, criminal intimidation and forgery,” a senior police official said, adding more charges can be added later.
The poster, written Hindi with Sharma’s name and mobile number at the bottom, was spotted at different places in New Delhi. “Whosoever shoots JNU students’ union president and seditionist Kanhaiya will be rewarded Rs 11 lakh on the behalf of Purvanchal Sena,” it said.
Sharma said though he had faith in the judicial system of the country, he put up the posters because he wanted to deliver quick justice. However, it turned out that Sharma did not have more than Rs 150 in his bank account and had been defaulting on payments including his rent.
“We want the traitor dead. He has insulted mother India and raised anti-national slogans. We have faith in the court but it takes a long time for a judgement to come. We want to ensure there is a quick decision and hence, we have announced this prize money of Rs 11 lakh to be given to whosoever kills him,” he told Hindustan Times.
Kumar, who was granted an interim bail last week, was arrested on February 12 for allegedly raising anti-national slogans inside the campus during an event to protest against the 2013 hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
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