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BJP offers cash for kills

BJP offers cash for kills

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 03:02 IST

Kill a terrorist and take home Rs 1 lakh. And if you die fighting the terrorists, your family gets Rs 2 lakh. This is the BJP’s latest message to the people of J&K.

The main opposition party, which has launched a Satyagraha to protest increasing terrorist-related incidents and selective killing of Hindus in the state, made this announcement on Thursday.

BJP national general secretary Vinay Katiyar — addressing party workers on the second day of the Satyagraha — declared: “The government pays cash relief when nationalists fall prey to terrorism. But the BJP will ensure an award to those who eliminate terrorists to restore peace and normalcy.”

Katiyar was joined by senior party leader Sahib Singh Verma, who said there would be no religious or political discrimination in handing over the money. But he said only civilians could claim the prize. “The cash reward is not for security forces, only for civilians, even if they are affiliated to any political party,” he said.

“Once the authorities declare the dead a terrorist, party leaders will come and present the reward to the civilian,” Verma said, adding: “And if any civilian attains martyrdom while fighting terrorists, his/her family members will be given relief of Rs 2 lakh.”

Katiyar came down heavily on the state and central governments and described their policies as anti-national. “We are not here just to demonstrate. Shayama Prasad Mukherjee’s martyrdom will not go waste. Our Satyagrah will not stop till the government concedes to our demand for more sophisticated weapons to the VDCs and more army presence in militancy-hit areas of the state,” he said.

Later, the party workers, headed by Verma, took out a protest rally demanding that Doda — recently in the news for the massacre of more than 30 Hindus — be handed over to the army. They courted arrest outside the civil secretariat.