BSP leader ready to award Rs 51 crore to Paris killers

BSP leader ready to award Rs 51 crore to Paris killers

NEW DELHI: The pre-planned, cold-blooded massacre of 12 people at the Paris office of a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has earned the wrath of everyone but one who says whoever dares disrespect Prophet Muhammad shall invite death.

A Bahujan Samaj Party leader Haji Yakoob Qureshi justified the attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo saying the magazine had been repeatedly lampooning Islam.

The Meerut-based leader went on to say those who lampoon Prophet Mohammed deserves death and no legal procedure should be initiated against those who revenge the insult.

Haji Yakoob Qureshi made headlines in 2006 after he declared a Rs 51 crore reward for anyone who killed the Danish cartoonist after he drew a controversial cartoon of the Prophet.

Reacting to the attack on 'Charlie Hebdo', the BSP leader said he was ready to pay the money to the attackers if they came forward and demanded the reward.

The youngest of three French nationals being sought by police for a suspected Islamist militant attack that killed 12 people at a satirical magazine on Wednesday turned himself in to the police, an official at the Paris prosecutor's office said.

The hooded attackers stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly known for lampooning Islam and other religions, in the most deadly militant attack on French soil in decades.

French police were still in a huge manhunt for two of the attackers who escaped by car after shooting dead some of France's top cartoonists as well as two police officers.

Police issued a document to forces across the region saying the men were being sought for murder in relation to the Charlie Hebdo attack.

The document, reviewed by a Reuters correspondent, named them as Said Kouachi, born in 1980, Cherif Kouachi, born in 1982, both from Paris, and Hamyd Mourad, born in 1996.

The police source said one of them had been identified by his identity card, which had been left in the getaway car.

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