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Vishnu Gupta, a former associate of the Hindu extremist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is a Hindu militant leader from New Delhi. He is the President of the far-right Hindu outfit, Hindu Sena, which claims to work towards realizing the goal of Hindu Rashtra (Hindu nation).
Gupta, a history-sheeter, is notorious for his anti-Muslim activities and leading violent and hateful campaigns. His Twitter bio reads, “Join us against radical Islam & Protect Sanatan Dharma!”
Gupta has been arrested many times for spreading disinformation, participating in violence, organizing attacks on individuals, and vandalizing properties.
In 2015 Vishnu was detained by Delhi Police for making a false complaint that beef was being served at the Kerala House canteen in New Delhi.
The Delhi Police arrested five members of the Vishu-led Hindu Sena for vandalizing the official residence of Muslim Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi at Ashoka Road in New Delhi.
He extended free legal aid to the Hindu militants who were arrested for an attempt to assassinate Owaisi.
His organization runs campaigns to rename the roads in New Delhi that are named after Muslim luminaries.
In 2019 his organization commemorated the 118th death anniversary of Queen Victoria at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, thanking the Queen for liberating India from Islamic Rule. Similarly, the Hindu sena celebrated Donald Trump’s 70th birthday and hailed him as the ‘savior of humanity’ and the ‘messiah against Islamic terror.’
Vishnu also wrote a letter to the Home Minster of India demanding to ban the burqa (veil worn by Muslim women) in India. On another occasion, he audaciously threatened the women who were protesting in Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi, against the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by referring to them as “Shaheen Bagh Jihadis” and asking them to clear off the roads (protest site) or else he and his men do the same by any means necessary. He later called off the plan under police pressure.
He moved the Supreme Court seeking to intervene in and oppose the PIL, which seeks criminal action for hate speech against the speakers at the Dharm Sansad (Hindu religious parliament) held in Haridwar, where open calls for Muslim genocide were given. In his plea, he sought action against Muslims instead. The petition was, however, rejected by the apex court.
In early 2023, he filed a petition in the supreme court demanding a ban on the screening of BBC documentary on Narendra Modi that shows the latter’s involvement in the Muslim massacre in Gujarat in 2002. The Supreme Court dismissed his petition, declaring the same as ‘absolutely misconceived.’