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Bhupendra Tomar aka Pinky Chaudhary

Bhupendra Tomar aka Pinky Chaudhary

Affiliation: Hindu Rakshak Dal (HRD)
Vocation/ Title: National President (HRD)
Location: Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

Bhupendra Tomar alias Pinky Chaudhary heads the far-right Hindu militant Organisation called Hindu Rakshak Dal, headquartered in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. His organization, which has been in support of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, is active in the western region of Uttar Pradesh and throughout the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

Pinky Chaudhry is notoriously famous for hate campaigns and inflammatory speeches against Muslims and has also been arrested more than once.

In January 2020, a group of masked men armed with lathis and stones barged into the campus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University ( New Delhi) and thrashed students and teachers. Several persons received severe injuries and were rushed to hospital. Hours after the attack, Chaudhary released a video on Twitter and took responsibility for the chaos.

“JNU is a hub of communists and we won’t tolerate this. They abuse our religion and our country. Their attitude towards our religion is anti-national. In the future, too, we will take the same action in other universities if someone tries to indulge in anti-national activities,” Chaudhary said in the video.

Similarly, in August 2021, a rally was organized in the national capital at Jantar Mantar in which Chudhary was among the key participants. The rally, organized ironically under the banner Bharat Jodo Andolan [ Unite India Movement] caught the attention of the national media for its overwhelming anti-Muslim sloganeering and hateful invocations.

List of slogans raised at the event:

Jab mulle kate jayenge, Ram Ram chillayenge [Muslims will be cut in the name of Ram]

Suaron ki karo vidai, Hindu Hindu bhai bhai [Farewell to the pigs/Muslims, Hindus are brothers]

Hindustan mein rehna hoga, Ram Ram kehna hoga [If you want to stay in India, you must chant the name of Ram]

Band karo band karo, mullo ke vyapaar band karo [Shut down the businesses of Muslims].

Hundreds of people attended the rally, and the slogans were raised in front of media crews and Delhi Police that stood by mutely. Anmol Pritam, a journalist with the news portal National Dastak, was heckled and shoved by the mob and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri  Ram.’ Anmol held his ground and said he would chant the slogan only if he felt like it, and refused to do so. They called him a jihadi.

According to a report in The Hindu objectionable handbills were also distributed at the event. Its content could be loosely translated as “Muslims engage in love jihad, cow slaughter, and terror in Allah’s name, but all that the Hindus do is to protest. Merely making a noise will not destroy Islam. If you [Hindus] don’t wake up, you will live the life of a hangman. Muslims did their work in Shaheen Bagh [in South Delhi, where women led the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)] and in Bengal, but when and how will Hindus take their revenge? We must eliminate them [Muslims] from India, it is not impossible. Only when you are fearless, can they be destroyed? The earth on which Parasuram, Ram, and  Krishna were born must be freed from the tyrants. Where is the war within you? The crusade is bigger than legalities. Join me, and I promise that I will eliminate Islam not only from India but the whole world.”

Multiple complaints were filed in the matter against the participants and organizers, including far-right leader Ashwini Upadhyay and Pinky Chaudhary for disturbing the peace and inciting hatred among religious communities. A Delhi Court remanded Chaudhary to 14-day judicial custody for raising anti-Muslim slogans and inciting Hindu Youth to commit violence against Muslims. All the accused were released on bail in a matter of a few months.

“Islam and Christians should be wiped out from the earth,” said Chaudhary in a public gathering in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Despite arrests and  Chaudhary continues to attend anti-Muslim gatherings, including Hindu Dharma Sansad [ Hindu religious parliament], in which repeated calls for Muslim genocide were given in December 2021.