Day after Hindu mahapanchayats, Rajasthan Police removes Monu Manesar’s name from Muslim men murder FIR

The name of Hindutva militant and Bajrang Dal leader Mohit Yadav alias Monu Manesar, who was earlier named as an accused in Junaid and Nasir murder case, wasn’t on the Rajasthan Police’s new wanted list.

This comes after Hindutva groups in Haryana conducted two Hindu mahapanchayats backing Monu Manesar and threatening Rajasthan Police.

Rajasthan Police investigators have said that at least nine men belong two cow vigilante groups are behind the brutal murder.

“One group, comprising accused Rinku Saini, Anil and Shrikant, operates in the Mewat region. On February 15, it was working in tandem with another group that comprised accused Monu Rana, Kalu, Vikas, Shashikant, Kishore and Gogi. The second group is active in Jind-Bhiwani-Karnal areas of Haryana,” Indian Express quotes a senior police officer as saying.

Eight of the nine accused featured on a list of wanted accused released by the Rajasthan Police on Wednesday, excluding Saini who has been arrested.

Monu Manesar, who was earlier named as an accused, , wasn’t on the list though the police maintained that he is still a suspect.

This comes a day after hundreds of villagers and members of right-wing groups gathered on Tuesday and Wednesday in Haryana’s Manesar district and backed Monu Manesar, a key accused in the grisly murder of two Muslim men whose charred bodies were found inside a burnt car last week.

“We will not let Rajasthan Police return alive if they enter Monu Manesar’s village. We have informed Pataudi and Manesar police not to allow Rajasthan Police to enter the village,” said speakers.

The mahapanchayat also formed a 16-member team, comprising cow vigilantes, that will be deputed to “protect” Monu and his family.