51 Lakhs Bounty on Raj’s Head
Atricle taken from HT epaper. Written by Amit Sharma.
The uproar over the ongoing tirade against north Indians by Raj Thackeray in Mumbai found an echo in Ludhiana on Monday. The Akhil Bhartiya Poorvanchal Vikas Parishad a registered organisation representing lakhs of migrant labourers from the Hindi speaking belt putting a Rs 51 lakh bounty on Thackeray’s head.
The migrants’ body that claims to have seven lakh registered members and offices in Ghaziabad, Noida, Mumbai and Ludhiana also declared it would “burn alive” any Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activist visiting the city “Jo vish . failata hai or gaali dekar izzat karvana chahta hai, us insaan ko jeene ka koi haq nahin. Jo bhi us Thackeray ko goli marega, use hamari sanstha Rs 51 lakh ka cash inaam dega (one who spreads poison and uses fear to force respect has no right to live. We will give Rs 51 lakh cash award to anyone who guns down Raj),” said its all-India president T.R. Mishra. He urged members to emu late Rahul Raj, who was gunned down by the Mumbai Police last week after he whipped out a gun on a bus full of people to protest the attacks on north Indians.
Parishad office bearers also passed a resolution vowing to translate their plans into action and described the MNS leader as a “psychopath posing a threat to the nation’s internal security by dividing India into linguistic and regional compartments”. “It is better to go to jail after killing a hate propagator like Raj than to let the entire nation burn in the heat of regionalism and hate crime,” said Mishra. He said Parishad members resolved unanimously on the bounty after Thackeray’s emissaries visited Ludhiana on Sunday to hold talks with “like-minded” people to launch a Mumbai-like drive, to ensure migrants are “flushed out” from Punjab.