Men dressed as Muslims being killed in mock drill of Bajrang Dal
Right-wing outfit Bajrang Dal is teaching its cadre how to use firearms, sword-fighting, and martial arts to "protect the roots of Hinduism".
Bajrang Dal just held its annual self defense camp in Ayodhya city situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The motive to implement this campaign was to familiarize the youth associated to the Bajrang Dal to the usage of rifles, polishing sword and stick fighting skills so that they can protect the roots of Hinduism and the welfare of the Hindus. Bajrang Dal known for it's self proclamation of pro-Hinduism belief is the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
The radical Hindu Right-wing group claims it needs to impart martial art and weapon training to help people defend themselves from the imminent threats. It claims Hindus can’t rely on police for protection and politicians either.
Many known faces from the opposition have alleged this self defense camp is an attempt at raising communal tensions in the state of Uttar Pradesh as assembly elections for Uttar Pradesh are just around the corner in the coming year 2017. The Bajrang Dal is said to be holding similar camps till June 5 in Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Pilibhit, Noida and Fatehpur cities in the state of UP.
The cadres can be seen killing men dressed as Muslims during the mock drill, ANI reported.
Moreover, the handing over of arms and rifles to the youth for self defense purpose is a serious issue as a lot goes into legal ownership of arms and then the utility by the members of the Bajrang Dal, infamous for its involvement in communal incitement and riots earlier in history.
Sandeep Dikshit, Congress leader, reportedly said, "Bajrang Dal's self defense camp is illegal and a threat to law and order. They are training goons to target members hailing from the minority community."
NCP leader, Majeed Memon went ahead by expressing the will to control this event as he stated that the Uttar Pradesh Government should undertake severe measures against the organizer of the camp.
Bajrang Dal says to have thousands of members and have always passed on the message of believing in Hindu Fundamentalism by coming up with such campaigns to raise awareness and knowledge amongst the people.