Kundan Chandrawat, an RSS leader who had announced a bounty of Rs one crore for Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s head during a hate speech on March 2, was arrested in Ujjain Monday evening.
The police claimed that Chandrawat had been absconding since the hate speech, but locals maintain that he was very much in Ujjain.
He was taken to the chief judicial magistrate’s court which sent him to judicial custody. But he had to spend the night at the Madhav Nagar police station since it was past sunset and the jail had closed.
Chandrawat announced the bounty on Vijayan, holding his government responsible for the recent killing of members of right- wing organisations in Kerala.
In his speech at an event organized by the Janadhikar Samiti, Chandrawat had declared that he had the capability to pay the promised Rs one crore in bounty. “Bring his head and I will transfer my house and assets in your name.”
There had been wide spread condemnation of Chandrawat’s speech, where apart from the bounty offer, he had claimed that his ‘Hindu society’ had killed thousands of Muslims during the Gujarat riots of 2002.
The RSS did not take kidly to his rabble rousing. A day after his hate speech, even though Chandrawat retracted his statements, the Sangh relieved him of his responsibilities as sah prachar pramukh (joint publicity chief) in Ujjain.
Malwa prant sanghchalak Dr Prakash Shastri had noted that “a misconception has been created about the RSS due to the controversial statement,” and it was not an “official statement of RSS”.