According to Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code, criminal intimidation is punishable with imprisonment of upto 2 years.
Padmavati row: No action yet on BJP leader who offered Rs10 crore for Bhansali, Deepika’s head
Mumbai - 20 Nov 2017 12:12 IST
The massive controversy surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati took a disturbing turn last evening when Haryana BJP’s chief media coordinator Suraj Pal Amu openly announced Rs10 crore reward to anyone who beheads Bhansali and his film’s lead actress, Deepika Padukone. He also threatened physically harming actor Ranveer Singh
Speaking at an event in Haryana, he said, “Want to congratulate Meerut youth for announcing Rs5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika, Bhansali. We will reward the ones beheading them, with Rs10 crore, and also take care of their family's needs.” He was referring to the statement of a Rajput group member who promised to reward anyone who beheads Bhansali.
Amu later attacked Ranveer Singh saying, “If you don’t withdraw your statements, we will break your legs and make you hold them.” Interestingly, it is not known which statement he is referring to as Singh hasn’t made any comments ever since the controversy erupted.
Coming from a member of the ruling party, the statements have shocked people, and so has the inaction of the government.
Shouldn't @BJP4Haryana be declared as a Terrorist Organisation ?? What if a Muslim Organisation said the same thing ??@Shehzad_Ind @SanjayAzadSln @pankhuripathak @manojkjhadu @JhaSanjay https://t.co/OTTPeJojvM— I Support AAP (@amitkumar13557) November 19, 201
Take a close look at this man in the picture, he is the media coordinator of the ruling party both in state & central. Since our Prime Minister label himself as an 'ardent Art Lover', would he show the guts to put him behind the bars? https://t.co/3u47NvCVCv— Siddhant (@IamSiddhant0701) November 19, 2017
This guy is from BJP. If Karni sena are fringe element, then whats BJP?— Ansuman Pattanaik (@ansuman2010) November 19, 2017
Put this terrorist is jail ASAP! India is becoming an unsafe country because of low life terrorists and goons like this man!! 👎 🏽— Vrush D (@vrush_25) November 19, 2017
Threatening and announcing reward for murder amounts to criminal intimidation, which is a grave offence under Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). According to the section, “Whoever commits the offence of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.”
While there have been quite a few cases recently in the country where people have been arrested for harmless criticism and statements made on social media, neither the member of the Rajput group nor Amu have been arrested yet. In fact, even the party has not taken any action against Amu yet.