An elopement, a murder, shadow of Hindu Vahini rattles UP village

A Muslim man in a Bulandshahr village was beaten to death over ties to an incident in the village over a week ago when a neighbour went missing, reportedly eloping with a girl

Written by Naveed Iqbal | Sohi (bulandshahr) | Published:May 4, 2017 5:11 am
muslim, muslim man death, Hindu Yuva Vahini, HYV death, HYV murder, muslim man beaten, Bulandshahr muslim murder,  Bulandshahr HYV, Bulandshahr muslim man, indian express news, india news Ghulam Mohammad’s wife (centre) Wednesday. Tashi Tobgyal

On Tuesday, Ghulam Mohammad was in the mango orchard he had looked after for most of his life when “seven or eight men” carrying lathis arrived, forced him on to a motorcycle and took him to a field nearby. They left him there, bleeding from the head and with deep wounds on his chest and several broken ribs.

The 65-year-old had enough life left in him to make one phone call — he dialled the orchard owner, Anil Sharma, who found him about half-an-hour later and took him to a hospital. Mohammad, from Sohi village in Bulandshahr, was declared dead on arrival.

According to Mohammad’s family, his death is tied to an incident in the village over a week ago when a neighbour, 26-year-old Yusuf, went missing.

At first, they thought Yusuf had gone to meet his friends, as he had returned from Saudi Arabia recently. It emerged later that he had allegedly eloped with a Hindu woman from the adjoining Fazalpur village.

In his complaint to police, Mohammad’s son Vakil Ahmad alleged that his father was beaten to death by members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV), founded by Yogi Adityanath, now the UP Chief Minister. He claimed that his uncle, Islam Khan, saw Mohammad being forced on to a bike by “seven or eight men wearing saffron gamchhas (towels) around their heads”.

So far, police have arrested three youths in connection with the murder — Pulkit Sharma (18), Lalit Sharma (20) and Hani Raghav (20) — and are looking for five more persons. They have made no mention of the HYV.

“We are looking into the motive behind the murder. We are not investigating any organisation angle,” said SSP Muniraj G.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Vakil said that he was at the police station assisting the probe into the elopement when he received a call from his uncle about his father.

“My uncle said father was seriously injured. I got in a car borrowed from the police station. But he had died by the time I reached the hospital… He was killed because he was Muslim,” he said.

Vakil said that his family was not related to Yusuf or linked to the alleged elopement. He said there are only four Muslim families in the village, and all of them had been helping police look for the couple.

Mohammad’s wife, meanwhile, alleged that the men first came to the village and manhandled the women, before going to the fields.

In the house next door, Yusuf’s mother Zareena cursed her son for having brought grief to the village. “He is not my son. If they find him, they should put him in jail. Even if they kill him, I will not blame anyone,” she said, sobbing.

She said that Yusuf’s family had taken a loan of Rs 5 lakh to send him to Saudi Arabia, where he did odd jobs, and for his elder brother’s wedding.

When Yusuf came home, on April 11, the family asked him whether he had money to repay the loan. “Suddenly he stopped talking to us. He had barely kept in touch even when he was abroad… Then he ran away with this girl,” said Zareena.

The two are still missing but the focus of the residents has now shifted from their elopement to the death of Mohammad.

The FIR filed by Vakil states that HYV members were “threatening villagers with dire consequences if the girl was not found”. On Tuesday morning, the FIR stated, they acted on it.

For the villagers, though, this was a new phenomenon. The manager of a dairy just outside the village, where the HYV frequently meets, said, “There was no sangathan here before this. The Vahini started recruiting only recently.”

Sunil Raghav, the HYV’s district head for Bulandshahr, denied the organisation’s involvement in the incident. He claimed that no HYV member was present in the area on Tuesday, and that the incident was the result of mob violence, as people are “not satisfied with police’s probe into the case of elopement”.

And amid all this, said Raghav, “ek buzurg ki jaan chali gayi” (an elderly person died)”.

Sitting on the courtyard of the family’s home, Mohammad’s wife recalled the moment he had left home on Tuesday. She had asked him to be careful, she said. “He turned around said, ‘what will anyone do to me? I am an old man’.”

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    Abansal Spslt
    May 5, 2017 at 8:44 am
    The bottom-line in this ghastly crime is this - Hindu men must control Hindu women. I say this because nowhere the news mentions that the girl was minor. That means she was an adult. And an adult Hindu woman has every right to marry the man she chooses. It is time Hindu women rise up against their men.
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      Uday Yadav
      May 5, 2017 at 3:58 am
      To be fair, Islam does not allow, and Muslim communities do not accept, balanced matrimonial relations between men and women of different communities. Therefore, such relations must be strictly discouraged, unless it is a Muslim woman marrying a non-Muslim man. When Muslim women marrying non-Muslim men become commonplace, and accepted in Muslim communities, then interfaith marriages can be encouraged in a true sense.
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        Mohan
        May 5, 2017 at 12:49 am
        Yesterday it was said the man was 19 years old today it is 26 years old ! How old is the girl If she is a minor then the case will have different dimensions Those who thrashed the old man must be punished as per law but his son's narration is entirely based on what his uncle told him -- hardly evidence in law How does he conclude it was Yuva Vahini
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          IslamForFoools
          May 4, 2017 at 7:56 pm
          Hindus must work toward Hindu nation, anyone who marries Hindu, by law should be converted to Hinduism. Then I have no problem with Hindu Muslim marriages
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            Vasudevan Venugopal
            May 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm
            @IsamForFools: Unbiased comment. Aptly said. Kudos.
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              jack
              May 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm
              Fully agree , like they do in Malaysia. But first, cons ution needs to be changed which is not possible. I think there should be concerted effort by Hindu boys to marry Muslim girl and convert her just to balance the books. WE should stop all the Muslim boys taking over BOLLYWOOD, get rid of people like Mahesh Bhatt ( who are pro Muslim) and get some HINDU actors. We should also get more Muslim girl actors to redress the current imbalance.
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              SP
              May 4, 2017 at 7:39 pm
              Any lynching is bad . But this case is also just like any other honour kil , an evil in the society. However, what is perturbing is that why it is so rare , in which the girl is Muslim and the boy is a Hindu, though it should be more common considering demography? This other combination of Muslim boy and Hindu girl is seen very often though demographically it should be rare.
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                Vasudevan Venugopal
                May 4, 2017 at 7:36 pm
                “seven or eight men wearing saffron gamchhas (towels) around their heads” need not have to be from HYV. In the first place why at all Muslim boys elope with Hindu girls for conversion? Then why this euphemism "interfaith marriage"? Many fundamentalist Muslims are impatient. Their boys from all the strata are tutored to make love jihad to Hindu girls for conversion, thus leaving the girls' parents heartbroken and devastated. It is time they stopped this pernicious practice. Incidentally, it is said that an average of about seventy Hindu girls are converted to Islam every month in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu. This needs to be verified, and if true, corrective action needs to be taken by the concerned people.
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                  Ahmed
                  May 4, 2017 at 6:47 pm
                  Native religions, culture, customs and way of life are under attack due to raise in muslim population, mushrooming of mosques and madrasas that are spreading their murderous ideology and hatred through out the world - all with foreign wahabi oil money. Islam is inherently a violent religion which seeks to overtake other religions and cultures by breeding quickly. No wonder there is resistance and reaction building up, not only in India, but else where in Asia - in China, Myanmar, Thailand, Srilanka etc. In India, existance of separate sharia law aka muslim personal law and constant appease-ment of muslims by the so called secular parties is adding to the animosity towards muslims. Last but not the least, the constant news of terror unleased by isis, al-qaida, boko-haram and pak sponsored terror is making non-muslims feel as if they are under constant seige and are being compelled to react.
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                    Vasudevan Venugopal
                    May 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm
                    @Ahmed: I fully agree with your factual analysis. Very aptly said.
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                    IslamForFoools
                    May 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm
                    It's not elopement, it's abduction and there should have been larger implications of this, but yogiji became tamed as he became CM.
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                      jack
                      May 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm
                      As YOGI has said many times NOBODY is above the law, and therefore these people who carry out such atrocities should be caught and punished. As regards if Hindu girl fancies Muslim guy there is nothing wrong with it. However she should be wary of TIN talaaq. As many divorced Muslim women will now probably choose Hindu guys !! Now that cant be bad at all for integration can it?
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                        sochee
                        May 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm
                        It is amazing how the so called righteous Indians are oozing the juice of self indignation.They think that they own the country and Hindus are their slaves. This hyper-colonialists are more loyal than the king himself. The issue is love jihad. Inspite of the fact that Islamic method of poaching on other religious communities has done enough damage to the social fabric by constantly putting Hindus at the recieving end and pushing them to the limit of their tolerance where a single spark can cause an explosion Muslims and their secular chamchas have remained steadfast in creating bad blood. Why, was there not a single Muslim girl available for this Saudi returned eligible Muslim man that he had to elope a Hindu girl?These are deliberate acts of defiance and provocation and such provocations have consequences. Blaming Hindus and Hindu leadership alone and massaging Muslims and pontificating about righteousness have today brought us here where an eighty yr old has become victim of Fury.
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                          Soham
                          May 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm
                          Action ka reactions hoga
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                            ROUND TABLE
                            May 4, 2017 at 3:12 pm
                            What an irresponsible news paper! There is no solid proof that the crime has been done by HYV but the news paper has passed its judgement that UP is under the dark shadow of HYV. REALLY DISGRACEFUL.
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                              rego desouza
                              May 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm
                              SHAME ON HINDU YUVA VAHINI. THESE CRIMINALS MUST BE PUNISHED. ITS HINDU DOWRY SYSTEM THATS WHY POOR GIRLS ARE BFRIENDING WITH OTHER COMMUNITY. HINDU VAHINI SHUD PUT THIER HOUSES IN ORDER FIRST. HAV U GUTS TO MARRY WITHOUT DOWRY !!!!!
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                                Varun
                                May 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm
                                Bahut sahi kiya jo bhi Dhoke se shadi karega esa hi hona chahiye jai hindu vahini jai shree ram inki mullion se shadi karo
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                                  Shabih Siddiqui
                                  May 4, 2017 at 2:38 pm
                                  Another barbaric act.Another innocent life.Yogiji let's see your take on this.Your advisers may well stop you from commenting but your conscience will never pardon you for the brutal kil of an elderly innocent man(even if he was a Muslim) if you let the murderers go free.The blood is in your court.The law agencies under your government.
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                                    Rasik
                                    May 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm
                                    U can kill people but u can't kill spirit...of ordinary people...lot of intetcast marriage on Bollywood...go there...this people are uneducated. Living in 15 th century...??first study what is hindhu religion they ever read any religion book..?It is the governments duty to protect citizen..
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                                      Tomar
                                      May 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm
                                      This is the same as lynching of blacks in America and kil of jews in germany. India is going straight down this path. Don't be surprised if concentration camps start coming up for muslim slaves. But one day Indians will have to pay a heavy price for allowing this evil hindutva to continue.
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                                        Concerned
                                        May 4, 2017 at 1:06 pm
                                        “seven or eight men” carrying lathis arrived, forced him on to a motorcycle and took him to a field nearby. ‘what will anyone do to me? I am an old man’ Why do mature ladies elope with stupid men of another community?
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                                          Abdul
                                          May 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm
                                          Why not ban all religious based organisations like VHP, RSS, Bajrangi, HIV, ISIS, IM etc. and take their leaders to gas chamber?? If any of their member create a law & order situation then arrest their leader and punish him for life time as a standard minimum punishment. Let start with the PM, CM etc.
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                                            SR
                                            May 4, 2017 at 5:41 pm
                                            How about banning the AIMPLB, Mili Council and Maulana gangs ?
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                                            Joseph R Stephen
                                            May 4, 2017 at 12:38 pm
                                            Let us celebrate Ramarajya. Great BJP great CM and PM. Great Nation this gooons will build - no doubt
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                                              Joykutty Cherian
                                              May 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm
                                              Devil's agents are ru UP now. Be it cow-rakashaks or Hindu Vahini, bad days for India.
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                                                SR
                                                May 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm
                                                Sorrowkutty Cherryan don't flap too much. This is only one death in this case. Your Christian Missionaries are responsible for all the deaths in the Kandhmal Riots of Orissa. So do you have to say for that ?
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                                                  Raja Rao
                                                  May 5, 2017 at 2:06 am
                                                  How heartless are you to speak of Kandhmal that way. Do not even say one word more on that issue because you have no locus standi. For the sake of respect for truth do not even try to defend yourself on this issue. You have hacked to death innocent people and for that Hindu Fundamentalists are 1,000,000 times responsible.
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