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JMM offers Rs 50 lakh for killing magazine editor

Severing of India's relations with Denmark and a ban of commodities from that country were demanded.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 22:47 IST

JMM central committee secretary Babbar Khan has offered to pay Rs 50 lakh for killing the editor of a Delhi-based magazine for carrying the cartoon of Prophet Mohammad which first published in a Danish daily.

Khan made the offer at a massive public meeting organised by the Muslim Front at Gandhi Maidan to condemn the Danish cartoonist and the magazine's editor.

The Muslim Front is an umbrella body of various organisations of the minority community.

Addressing the gathering, the president of the Muslim Front, Hedyatullah Khan, who is also Jharkhand state president of Lok Janshakti Party, strongly condemned the Danish cartoonist.

Khan's offer came close on the heels of former Uttar Pradesh minister for Haj and Minority Welfare Haji Mohammad Yaqoob's announcing a bounty of Rs 51 crore on the head of the Danish cartoonist, sparking a controversy leading to his exit from the government.

The Front leaders demanded severing of Indian government's friendly relations with Denmark and asked for a ban of commodities from that country.

Earlier, about 50 copies of the Delhi-based magazine, which published the cartoon, were seized by the police from a book stall in the steel city after a mob staged protest on Saturday night.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 22:47 IST