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BSP leader announces Rs 51cr to Paris attackers

"Prophet Mohammad had conveyed a message of peace to the entire world and if anyone makes certain cartoons on him will invite death like the cartoonists and journalists in Paris," Qureshi said in comments that came at a time when the massacre came in for all-round condemnation across the world.

Qureshi, however, denied reports in which he was stated to have said that he will reward the attackers who killed Charlie Hebdo's Editor and cartoonist of the controversial Prophet poster with Rs 51 crore.

"I have not made any such announcement regarding the attack in Paris," he claimed.

Four of France's most famous cartoonists were among the dozen people killed on Thursday when gunmen attacked the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo.

Reacting to the statements by Qureshi, Uttar Pradesh's IGP(Law and Order) A Satish Ganesh said if anything like this has been stated then action will be taken by authorities.

"In our country no one has the right to violate law and order. If anything like that has been stated we will take action. No one will be allowed to violate the law and order," Ganesh said. The top police officer, however, said he was yet to see the statement.

In 2006, Qureshi had stoked a huge controversy when he declared a reward of Rs 51 crore for anyone who would kill the Danish cartoonist who had created a controversial cartoon of Prophet Mohammed. He had made the offer at a public rally in Meerut.
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