Monu Manesar is an Indian cow vigilante and a prominent member of Bajrang Dal. He is one of the prime accused in the 2023 Nasir Junaid murder case. His video, in which he claimed he would participate in Mewat Brajmandal Yatra in July 2023, allegedly angered the Muslim community in Nuh which resulted in communal violence in the area.
Monu Manesar aka Mohit Yadav Hindustan Times was born in Manesar, Gurugram, Haryana, India. As per one source, he was born on Thursday, 5 August 1993 (age 30 years; as of 2023), and as per another source, he was born on Saturday, 5 August 1995 (age 28 years; as of 2023). His zodiac sign is Leo. He completed his schooling at Neeraj Senior Secondary School, Manesar. He later pursued a diploma at a local polytechnic college. Dainik Bhaskar After completing his formal education, he got associated with Hindutva organisations.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 80 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Caste
He belongs to a middle-class Yadav family.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Om Prakash Yadav, passed away on 27 June 2019. He has a younger brother named Rohit Yadav.
Wife & Children
He is married and has two children including a son named Manjeet Yadav.
He has a cousin brother named Vinod Kumar.
He follows Hinduism. According to him, he prioritizes his commitment to religion over everything, and this belief has led him to engage in the practice of cow protection.
Bajrang Dal Activist
When Monu Manesar was eighteen years old, he met Dr Dharmendra Yadav, a member of Akhil Bhartiy Hindu Kranti Dal, who later became his guru. Dharmendra then introduced Monu to Dr Manjeet Yadav, a member of Vishva Hindu Parishad, who guided him and helped him become a member of Bajrang Dal.
He said in an interview that while studying in college, he once saw a truck full of cows that were being smuggled. When the police stopped the truck, they saw that many cows had died. Disturbed upon seeing this, Monu vowed to stop cow smuggling and gradually became a famous cow vigilante in Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.
In 2015, he was chosen as a member of the Gurugram Cow Protection Task Force formed by the Haryana Police. He is one of the most prominent Bajrang Dal members in Haryana.
He has also been associated with the Civil Defence Team of Gurugram and often participated in various rescue operations in local accidents and social programs like blood donation camps.
Nasir-Junaid Double Murder Case
On 16 February 2023, police found two burnt bodies in a Bolero in the Bhiwani district of Haryana who were later identified as Nasir and Junaid of Ghatmeeka village of Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Police later named Monu Manesar and four others as the accused in the case and put charges related to murder. He absconded from his home and evaded arrest. He later released a video claiming that he was innocent and was being framed in the case. His name was later removed from the FIR and chargesheet. Jansatta On 12 September 2023, the Haryana police arrested Monu in relation to the case; he had been evading arrest for several months. After court proceedings in Haryana, Monu was handed to the Rajasthan police by the Haryana police. Hindustan Times On 16 October 2023, Monu was granted bail by a district court in Nuh, Haryana. He, however, was kept in judicial custody under another case. India Today
गोपालगढ़ थाना क्षेत्र में जो घटना हुई मैं और मेरे साथी गुरुग्राम के एक निजी होटल में रुके 14 से 15 दोपहर तक हमारा इस घटना से कोई सम्भन्ध नहीं है @police_haryana @PoliceRajasthan pic.twitter.com/KL9sHYl2gp
— Monu Manesar (सनातनी) (@MonuManesar) February 17, 2023
Accused of Killing a Muslim Man
On 18 February 2023, it was reported that he and his group assaulted three Muslim men named Waris, Shokeen and Nafis after their Santro car collided with a tempo on the morning of 28 January 2023 in Nuh, Haryana. Waris died during the treatment; however, his family blamed Monu for his death. The family members alleged that Waris died due to the beating and said that Monu had gone live on Facebook, showing the trio being questioned; however, he later deleted the video. Police officials claimed that Waris died due to the injuries sustained in the accident and did not register any FIR. The Indian Express
There are more than five criminal cases registered against him under IPC sections 302 and 307 related to murder, assault, and attempt to murder.
He has got an Om tattoo inked on his right hand.
- In 2019, he was shot in the chest during an attempt to stop the cow smugglers. He was then admitted to a private hospital in Gurugram and underwent treatment for four days. Dainik Bhaskar
- He is very popular on social media, and he was awarded the YouTube Gold Button after his YouTube channel crossed 100k subscribers. India Today After he was named as one of the prime accused in the Nasir-Junaid murder case, his YouTube channel was demonetised by YouTube, and a few videos were also removed. Dainik Bhaskar
- He is often seen brandishing pistols and rifles in his photos. In an interview, he said that he owns a licenced pistol and rifle.
- He was named as one of the key reasons for inciting the communal violence in Nuh and Mewat, Haryana. Apparently, he had released a video in which he claimed that he would participate in the Mewat Brajmandal Yatra on 31 July 2023 which angered the public, resulting in mob violence. Monu later disclosed that he did not participate in the yatra due to security concerns. The Economic Times