Definitions for vigilance committee
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an unauthorized group of citizens organized to maintain order and mete out punishment in the absence of a regular court.
Origin of vigilance committee:
a volunteer committee to maintain order where an efficient legal system does not exist
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