The family of a 45-year-old man, who was beaten to death in Bulandshahr by a group of about 10 men on Tuesday, has blamed the right-wing group Hindu Yuva Vahini.
Headquartered in Gorakhpur, the Hindu Yuva Vahini was founded by Yogi Adityanath in 2002. However, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister has distanced himself from the organisation now.
The victim identified as Ghulam Mohammad was thrashed by some men after his relative eloped with a Hindu girl a few days ago.
Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Arvind Kumar Mishra said a 19-year-old man named Yusuf of Sohi had allegedly kidnapped an 18-year-old Hindu girl, a resident of village Fazalpur, on April 27.
He said the attackers saw Ghulam, who was distantly related to Yusuf, in a mango orchard, dragged him to a secluded spot and beat him to death.
The ADM said the men wanted to know about the whereabouts of Yusuf.
SP (City) Man Singh Chauhan said an FIR had been lodged against the "unidentified activists".
Last month, some Hindu Yuva Vahini activists barged into a house and harassed, thrashed a couple in Meerut.