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Rs 11 lakh for Kanhaiya Kumar’s head, 5 for his tongue. Tolerant India?


BJYM Badaun district president Kuldeep Varshney has been expelled from the party for 6 years after he announced Rs 5 lakh prize money for cutting off the tongue of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Kuldeep Varshney

 India cannot get enough of Kanhaiya Kumar, it seems. After the arrest, release and the fiery speech after return to JNU campus, there’s already a bounty on the student leader’s life… and… errr…his tongue..

A leader of Bharatiya Janata Party‘s youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha or BJYM, has been expelled from the party for six years hours after he announced Rs 5 lakh prize money for cutting off the tongue of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Kuldeep Varshney, BJYM’s Badaun district chief, said Kanhaiya has been speaking against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he was released on bail Thursday. “He shouted anti-national slogans in support of a terrorist like Afzal Guru. I will award Rs 5 lakh to the person who cut off Kanhaiya’s tongue,” Varshney said.

Kanhaiya was arrested on February 12 on sedition charges and was released from the Tihar jail on March 3 after the Delhi High Court granted him interim bail for six months.

Shoot Kanhaiya, get Rs 11 lakh: Posters in Delhi

Separately, in Delhi, posters were seen announcing a reward of Rs 11 lakh to anyone who shoots dead Kanhaiya Kumar.

The posters put by a little know organisation named, Purvanchal Sena, an organisation which claims to work for the people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, were seen at various places across the national capital today.

“Whoever shoots JNUSU president and traitor Kanhaiya Kumar will be rewarded Rs 11 lakh from the Purvanchal Sena,” the posters in Hindi said.

Delhi Police asks JNU to keep it informed about Kanhaiya’s movement

The Delhi Police has asked the JNU authorities to inform it about the Kanhaiya’s movements outside the campus and nature of his visits so that he can be provided foolproof security.

In a letter to university authorities sent after Kanhaiya’s release from jail, DCP (South) Prem Nath said that the SHO of Vasant Kunj (North) Police Station, which has the campus under its jurisdiction, should be informed well in time about “the movements/visits of Kanhaiya Kumar outside the campus, including nature of visit and travel mode so that necessary security/preventive measures may be taken to prevent any untoward incident”.

A police source said that the move comes in view of the court’s directive after the attack on Kanhaiya Kumar at Patiala House court complex on February 17, which said police must ensure that none of the students arrested in connection with the sedition case suffer even a scratch.

Soon after his release on Thursday evening, Kanhaiya made a fiery speech on JNU campus saying he wanted ‘azadi in India and not azadi from India’.

“I am a student and not a politician. The citizens of this country have not voted for me, it is the students of JNU who have voted for me. I am a student leader of this university and will always fight for students’ rights,” he said when asked about his political plans.

Explaining the difference between treason and being anti-government, he said that no one in the university can ever be anti-national. “Our constitution talks about equality, brotherhood and nationalism. There is a difference between desh droh (anti-national) and rajdroh(sedition). We want to convey this to everyone that no one in JNU can ever be anti-national,” Kanhaiya said during an exclusive interview with India Today’s Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai


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