A former cabinet member of the Uttar Pradesh province located in northern India is offering the sum of 51 crore rupees (Rs 51 crore) to the Islamic terrorists who murdered 12 people, including two police officers, in Paris Wednesday.
At an exchange rate of one rupee equaling $0.016, and crore meaning 10 million, this works out to $8.16 million.
Even as the world condemns the shocking attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, one BSP leader, Haji Yakoob Qureshi, has praised the attackers and said he was ready to pay them Rs 51 crore, which he had previously announced as a reward for the killing of Danish cartoonists who had depicted the prophet.
Although MSN described him as a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, in 2012 he changed party affiliation to Rashtriya Lok Dal after BSP denied him a ticket for election, according to The Times of India.
Qureshi had in 2006, offered the sum of money to anyone who would kill the cartoonists of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten after it published an editorial in September 2005 that included 12 different cartoons portraying the Prophet.
Rasul ke ashiq unhe saja de dete hai (followers of Prophet punish them),” the former Uttar Pradesh minister was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
He had also said that anyone who disrespected the Prophet Mohammed deserves death and told journalists that he was ready to give the Rs 51 crore to the attackers, if they were to ask for it.
“I am ready to pay the money if they come and demand the declared reward,” he said according to the Hindustan Times.
That may be a little difficult. Parisian authorities have surrounded a small printing warehouse where two brothers, who are suspected of the massacre, are holed up alomg with as many as five hostages, according to USA Today.
“They said they want to die as martyrs,” Yves Albarello, a lawmaker who said he was inside the police command post in Dammartin-en-Goele, told French television station i-Tele.