What’s inside UP Police’s intel reports on Yogi Adityanath’s Hindu Yuva Vahini – By Ashutosh Bhardwaj
When Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s government hastily served notices to more than 300 people for allegedly damaging public property during the recent anti-CAA protests, many recalled how hundreds of serious criminal cases against him and his Hindu Yuva Vahini members are still pending.
But a bigger indictment than these cases are the annual reports of Uttar Pradesh Police’s intelligence units – which I have accessed – against the Hindu Yuva Vahini, an outfit that Adityanath established. In their confidential reports on the outfit, formed in April 2002 by Adityanath to avenge the Sabarmati Express burning at Godhra, intelligence officers refer to the Hindu Yuva Vahini as “kattar (fanatic) Hindutva outfit” and “uddand (belligerent)”.
They note that the outfit “creates law and order problem by aggravating even the smallest Hindu-Muslim tussle” and “ferments Hindu sentiments to secure political gains”. They also call it “immune from police action” due to its proximity to the Gorakhnath Math, a temple in Gorakhpur whose mahant (head priest) is CM Adityanath.…
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