Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has warned cadres of World Hindu Federation and Hindu Yuva Vahini against vigilantism.
The cadre have been advised to seek help from government authorities rather than directly intervene on contentious issues and take law into their hands, reports the Hindustan Times quoting sources.
“Remember, the law is the same for everyone,” the CM is reported to have told the cadre of the two outfits associated with him.
Adityanath, who had founded the Hindu Yuva Vahini in 2002, is the chairman of the Indian chapter of World Hindu Federation, aka Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh.
The Vahini has been fighting against conversion of Hindus, cow slaughter and love jihad since its inception, and was in the news recently over the thrashing of a Muslim youth in Meerut allegedly for being in relationship with a Hindu girl.
Despite Vahini’s denial of the version, the outfit claims it acted on the appeal of locals who were opposed to growing ‘vulgarism’ in Meerut’s Shastri Nagar locality, and has thus drawn flak.
“In his very first meeting with the cadre of the two outfits after becoming the CM, Maharajji (Adityanath) had said that law is the same for everyone. The same advice has been repeated and I understand the two outfits have issued similar instructions to their cadre now,” a Vahini leader, privy to the CM’s advice to the cadre, told HT.