Indian police detain 3 in beating death of Muslim man

Hindu militia members accused of killing Muslim in Uttar Pradesh

One of the militia's goals is to end marriages between Muslim men and Hindu women.

More than 24 hours after he was lynched, tension still prevailed in the area and a huge posse of police personnel has been deployed in and around the village.

While villagers in Sohi had heard about Hindu Yuva Vahini, till that day they had been unaware of any fellow villager being a member of the group.

A 60-year-old farmer was killed on Tuesday by a mob that included members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, or Hindu Youth Force, set up by Yogi Adityanath, a priest recently named by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead India's most populous state.

The family of Ghulam Mohammad, who subsequently died, alleged that the activists belonged to the HYV, though the outfit said none of its members was involved in the incident.

SSP Muniraj said an FIR was filed against Yusuf at the Pahasu Police Station on April 27 for allegedly kidnapping a Hindu girl from Fazalpur village located close to Sohi.

Ghulam Mohammad's family has accused the Hindu Yuva Vahini a right-wing group, of committing the crime.


"They used to come wearing saffron and harass us, asking us to find out where the boy had gone", he said. They claim that Muslim men are trying to spread their faith by seducing Hindu women. He was allegedly attacked in an orchard by a group of men soon after the elopement.

Mohammad, thought to be either a relative of Yusuf's or his neighbour according to differing accounts, was suspected of helping Yusuf.

However, at the regular Home Department press briefing, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Aditya Mishra appeared to be striking a different note as he said the incident should not be seen from "communal point of view" and "associating any particular organisation with the incident is not right".

Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder.

Those arrested are Hunny Raghav, Pulkit and Lalit but the main accused, Gavender, is still at large.

"I have asked the police to take strict action as the Muslim boy was romancing with a Hindu girl in the house".

Superintendent of Police, Mann Singh Chauhan, said a FIR had been lodged against six Hindu Yuva Vahini and the investigation is underway in the matter.

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