The incident comes on the heels of allegations of high-handedness by UP Police's anti-Romeo squad that was formed to check eve teasing after BJP government came to power in the state. Ghulam came under the radar after the men who were seeking Yusuf, came to know that he was related to the accused. On Tuesday, the attackers saw Ghulam Mohammad sitting at a mango orchard, dragged him to a deserted place and allegedly lynched him. "They took him to the jungle, beat him up and left", said Vakeel.
Ghulam Ahmad died on the way to the hospital.
A 19-year-old Muslim teen eloped with a Hindu girl from Fazalpur on April 27. Ghulam's son has alleged that members of Hindu Yuva Vahini are involved in his father's death. "There was only one known face in the group - a fellow villager named Govinder".
The spokesman of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, P.K. Mall, denied that any members of Adityanath's youth force had been involved in the attack. After the couple eloped, the girl's family, upset by her relationship with a Muslim man, lodged a kidnapping complaint against Yusuf at the Pahasu police state, the Hindu reported. "Seven persons reportedly attacked the deceased but not a single person belonged to the Hindu Yuva Vahini", Vivek Singh, the Meerut range in charge of the HYV, told The Hindu.
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Since his appointment, units of the Hindu Yuva Vahini have ramped up their anti-Muslim rhetoric and launched a campaign against so-called "Love Jihad" - what they regard as an Islamist strategy to convert Hindu women through seduction and marriage. "We can not recall most of the faces", said Vakeel Ahmad, "as they would arrive at a timewhen most of us [the men] were away looking for Yusuf and the girl and the women stayed indoors". He was allegedly attacked in an orchard by a group of men soon after the elopement. "At times they came in a small group of five to six men and at times it was 30-35 of them".
He said the family accused the police of bias. While Vakeel Ahmad, who is also the official complainant in the case, is a carpenter, the others work as farm labourers.
Yaseen then filed an FIR against Singh and the six unnamed men for murdering his father, leading to the arrests on May 2.
"I have asked the police to take strict action as the Muslim boy was romancing with a Hindu girl in the house". In Saharanpur, local MP Raghav Lakhanpal Sharma, a senior police officer and several others were injured in stone pelting between members of two communities during a rally on April 20 to mark Ambedkar Jayanti. The police, however, did not disclose the location where the couple was finally tracked down.