As communal disharmony continues to manifest itself into violence in India, it is claiming the lives of many innocent people. In an unfortunate incident, a 59-year-old man was beaten to death by Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) at Sohi village in Bulandshahr’s Pahasu area on Tuesday. He was mutilated after he allegedly helped a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl elope.
The man identified as Ghulam Mohammad was the neighbour of Yusuf, who has been on the run for the past one week after allegedly abducted the girl.
Later, Ghulam’s son lodged an FIR alleging that Gavendra Singh and the 6 unidentified men, who belonged to the Hindu Yuva Vahini had murdered his father. However, the motive of the murder was not mentioned in the FIR, said the police. Notably, Police forces have been deployed at Sohi, which has a dominant Hindu population.
“Ghulam’s son Yaseen has alleged that while he was walking towards their orchard to meet his father, he saw Gavendra Singh — a resident of their village — and six others leaving the orchard on motorcycles… He claimed that when he entered the orchard, he found his father lying injured. He raised an alarm and locals rushed Ghulam to the hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival,” said Vijay Prakash, Shikarpur police Circle Officer.
An FIR has been registered against 8 people and 3 have been arrested in the case.
Additionally, the Bulandshahr SSP Muniraj G said, “We are trying to verify if Ghulam Mohammad’s murder has any connection to the case of abduction of a girl lodged against Yusuf of Sohi village.”
Responding to the incident, the HYV’s Bulandshahr district president Sunil Raghav said, “No office-bearer or worker of the organisation is involved in today’s murder.”
He also said that, “Gavendra Singh, who has been named in the murder case, is not a member of Hindu Yuva Vahini. Some opponents are deliberately dragging our organisation into the case to malign its image.”