Vinod Sharma is a Hindutva leader and member of the Hindu extremist group Sudarshan Vahini.
Before the Delhi pogrom in February 2020, Sharma was present in many pro-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests led by BJP leader Kapil Mishra.
In March 2020, he joined rightwing leader and propagandist Suresh Chavhanke’s protest at India Gate, calling for the economic boycott of Muslims.
“We want to support all Hindu brothers who want to get into the business of fruit-selling, hairdressing or tyre fixing. Everyone knows the problem, we are working on the solution. Suppose we tell you, don’t get a haircut from ‘them’ [Muslims] then we have to give options… if we want to remove ‘them’ from these businesses then we need to have our own men,” Sharma had said in a viral video shot at the India Gate protest.
He was also spotted in several videos with Hindutva leader Ragini Tiwari.
In June 2021, Sharma was present at a protest in Uttam Nagar, New Delhi, where unidentified men were captured on live video as having said that they had driven out Muslim vendors from the area.
In August 2021, Sharma spoke at a rally organized by BJP leader Ashwin Upadhyay of about 2,000 people in New Delhi as part of an effort he called the “Bharat Jodo (Unite India) movement.” It ostensibly aimed to urge the authorities to end “colonial-era laws” by establishing a uniform civil code.
Sharma made communal and inflammatory speeches. He and many participants raised slogans calling for violence against Muslims.
“Jab mulle kaate jayenge, Ram-Ram chillayenge [Muslims will chant Ram-Ram when they will be slaughtered],” one leader said.
“We will bid farewell (kill) to Muslims,” another leader said.
The Delhi Police arrested Sharma, and a local court denied his bail.