A 45-year-old man from Bulandshahr, Ghulam Mohammad, was beaten to death by suspected members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini on Tuesday for allegedly helping a relative elope with a Hindu girl, The Hindu reported. Three people have been arrested, Bulandshahr Senior Superintendent of Police Muniraj said, reported ANI.
A First Information Report was registered against six members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, set up years ago by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath.
Additional District Magistrate Arvind Kumar Mishra said that 19-year-old Yusuf of Sohi village had allegedly eloped with a Hindu girl of Fazalpur village on April 27. The girl’s family had lodged a kidnapping case against Yusuf at Pahasu police station. Suspecting that Mohammad had helped Yusuf, the attackers reached his house on Tuesday afternoon, dragged him to a secluded spot and beat him to death.
Vivek Singh, who is in charge of the Vahini’s activities in Meerut, however, denied that members of his outfit were involved in the incident. “Seven persons reportedly attacked the deceased but not a single person belonged to the Hindu Yuva Vahini,” he told The Hindu.
Earlier last month, workers of the Hindu Yuva Vahini had barged into a house in Meerut, found a couple in a “compromising” position and handed them over to the police. The man, a Muslim, was accused of trying to forcefully convert the Hindu woman in an act of “love jihad”.