Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Sanjeev Mishra has triggered a controversy, saying that he will pay Rs 5 lakh to the person who beheads the Mandsaur rape case accused and gets his head. His remark comes a day after the Madhya Pradesh police arrested another accused in connection with the heinous crime that took place on Wednesday, June 26 in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. Underlining demand of its party leaders, including Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the BJP leader further said that capital punishment should be awarded to the accused; he added that if court or administration is not capable of doing it, he will award Rs 5 lakh to whoever beheads the accused in Mandsaur rape incident. The Mandsaur incident had sent shockwaves across the country, following which, the outraged people took to streets, demanding speedy justice.

The controversial remark by BJP leader comes nearly two months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked its party leaders to refrain themselves from making irresponsible statements, saying that such comments hurt party’s image.

Earlier, a BJP MLA left this party red-faced after he asked the parents of the victim girl, who is battling for her life in an Indore hospital, to express thanks to the local MP for visiting them.

Meanwhile, the mother of one of the two accused has demanded a CBI probe into the matter, saying that her son is innocent. The main opposition party in the state Assembly, Congress has also asked for a CBI investigation into the matter, questioning the probe by the state government agencies.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on June 30 condemned the incident and said, “We should come together to bring attackers of the heinous crime to speedy justice.” The Madhya Pradesh Police has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the matter.

The Congress chief on Twitter said that the brutality this young child was subjected has sickened him. He further asked the authorities to take positive efforts to make this country a better place for women.

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