The Purvanchal Sena president, Adarsh Sharma, who announced a bounty of Rs 11 lakh on the head of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, has only Rs 150 in his bank account, police said.
Sharma, who lives a rented accommodation at Rohini, also owes rent for several months, an official privy to the investigation against him.
A native of Begusarai in Bihar, Sharma went underground soon after a case under the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act was registered against him at the Parliament Street police station. The case was registered after pamphlets signed by him were found pasted in New Delhi which said that the Sena will give Rs 11 lakh to the person who will kill Kanhaiya. Section 107 (abetment) if Indian Penal code was added to the case on Sunday.
Investigators said the Purvanchal Sena chief switched off his mobile phone and severed all communication with his family members, relatives and friends.
The police are sending a team to Sharma’s hometown in Begusarai to apprehended him for interrogation in the case. More charges are likely to be pressed against Sharma in the case after his interrogation, said police. Raids are also being conducted at his possible hideouts in Delhi-NCR. His local friends and associates were also being questioned to ascertain his whereabouts.
A police team on Sunday visited Rohini and spoke to his landlord and other residents and collected information about him. Some neighbours told police that Sharma used to brag that he was a very influential person, having links with some top right-wing leaders, said the officer.
“He did not have any regular source of income and for livelihood he mostly depended on money borrowed from his friends. He would often take money (Rs 100 to Rs 500) from people on the pretext of getting their work done at the local police station or civic agencies offices using his influence,” said another officer.
The pamphlets that surfaced near the Press Club of India and other public places close to the Parliament on Saturday had the name of Purvanchal Sena, an organisation that claims to work for people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
“Whoever shoots JNUSU president and traitor Kanhaiya Kumar will be rewarded Rs 11 lakh from the Purvanchal Sena,” the posters in Hindi read. When contacted on Saturday, Sharma had told HT, “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 case to be decided. We want to ensure there is a quick decision.”
Sharma had claimed that Kumar’s house was just 10 kilometres away from his house in Bihar. “Our land does not produce such anti-nationals. This is why I have decided to do this,” he had said.