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Bajrang Dal’s self-defence mock drill shows ‘opponents’ in skull caps; UP Governor says nothing wrong

“Those who cannot defend themselves, cannot ultimately defend the country and there is nothing wrong if some youths are getting arms-training purely for self-defence,” Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik said

A video that shows Bajrang Dal volunteers in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh conducting self-defense training with swords, rifles and sticks went viral on social media. Ayodhya Police filed a case against the right wing outfit for incitement of hatred between two communities.

The mock drill video has shown some of the VHP Youth wing volunteers coming as opponents wearing skull caps.

Meantime, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik said that there is nothing wrong in the video since the training programme was conducted for self-defence.

“Those who cannot defend themselves, cannot ultimately defend the country and there is nothing wrong if some youths are getting arms-training purely for self-defence,”   he said.

He also said that all kinds of education are important and there is nothing objectionable in training of self-defence by any school or institution.

He also told to Indian Express that it is important to understand the intention behind giving such training and Self defence is necessary and every citizen should be trained.

He has not responded to the practice of giving skull caps to the ‘opponents’ in the mock drill which may hurt the sentiment of particular community.

Earlier, Bajrang Dal’s UP Convener Surendra Mishra had claimed that the party workers have not used the skull caps to represent opponents. However, upon being asked about the video which clearly shows volunteers in skull caps, he said that some local workers may have used it. He also claimed that the organization has not any intention to hurt the sentiments of any community other than practicing self-defence.

“We train men to protect and help women. Other communities are welcome to do this,” a VHP leader Ravi Anant said.

Ayodhya senior police officer Mohit Gupta said that a police FIR has been lodged against 50 Bajrang Dal activists.

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