Case Filed Against Katiyar, Verma
10 June 2006
The Times of India
Jammu: Senior BJP leaders Vinay Katiyar and Sahib Singh Verma were booked on Saturday by the Jammu and Kashmir Police for inciting communal passion by announcing monetary rewards to civilians killing militants even as the saffron party sought to defend them saying they were echoing popular sentiments. An FIR has been registered against them for 'making provocative statements' and 'inciting communal passions' under Section 123-A and 153-A Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) in Nowabad police station here, Deputy Inspector General of Police Niaz Mehmood, said. BJP General Secretary Katiyar and party Vice-President Verma on Thursday had announced a reward of Rs one lakh each for any civilian for killing a militant and Rs two lakh for a civilian's family if he laid down his life fighting militants. Katiyar, a former Chief of Bajrang Dal, is in-charge of the ongoing 'Satyagraha' in Jammu against the killing of Hindus in Doda and Udhampur.