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Kulbhushan Bhardwaj

Kulbhushan Bhardwaj

Affiliation: The Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, Bharatiya Janata Party
Vocation/ Title: Lawyer, Politician
Categories: Most Dangerous
Location: Gurugram, Haryana

Kulbhushan Bhardwaj is a lawyer by profession and a Hindu far-right leader. He uses his profession to extend legal assistance to hate mongers and Hindu vigilantes who are involved in mob lynching of Muslims in and around Gurugram, Haryana.

He is the legal adviser to the ‘Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti’ (an umbrella organization in Gurugram with 22 Hindu extremist outfits, including VHP, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Kranti Jal, Arya Samaj, Gurgaon Vahini, Sanskar Bharti, Arya Shikshan, Arya Virghar and Sanathan Bharti). He has been at the forefront of the anti-Muslim Friday prayers agitation in Haryana.

He has defended Rambhakt Gopal, the gunman who shot at anti-citizenship bill protesters near Jamia Millia Islamia (University) in 2019, and also in subsequent cases against him for delivering anti-Muslim hate speeches at several places. With the help of Bhardwaj, Gopal roams freely, spreading anti-Muslim sentiments.

Bhardwaj has also organized protest marches demanding the release of Hindu seer and hate-monger Kalicharan Maharaj.

“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. Sant Kalicharan was nabbed with an agenda. Why have the police and the government not arrested Owaisi? The police officer who nabs Owaisi will be awarded Rs 22 lakh,”  Bhardwaj, who headed the protest march, said.

He spearheaded the campaign against Muslims offering namaz in the open in Gurugram and accused them of “land jihad.”

In May 2022, he praised and defended cow vigilantes who had lynched Muslims on the pretext of cow smuggling in a Hindu religious parliament called ‘Mahapanchayat.’

He encouraged Hindu youth to kill Muslims.  “The FIRs filed must be revoked. If FIRs have to be filed against us, they won’t be for such small things. It will be for when we hunt down the cow killers, beat and kill them,” Bhardwaj said while addressing the Mahapanchayat.

In February 2023, two young Muslim men were killed and burnt alive by cow vigilantes and Bajrang Dal members over the suspicion of cow smuggling. Following this, Mahapanchayats were organized in different parts of Haryana in support of the accused. Bhardwaj attended those events and warned the police: “The Gurugram police should assure that Monu Manesar’s (prime accused) family will not be touched. No cop will visit their home without prior information, otherwise they will not go back alive.”