‘WHAT WOULD BE THE REACTION IF MUSLIM GROUPS STARTED TRAINING? SEND THESE JOKERS TO BORDER’, SAYS OWAISI
LUCKNOW — Bajrang Dal, Hindutva outfit allied with the governing Bharatiya Janata Party, has started training its cadres in Uttar Pradesh using fire arms. The saffron cadres were seen brandishing rifles, swords and sticks, according to media reports.
The radical group claims that it needs to impart martial art and weapons training as it cannot rely on the police and politicians to shield the Hindu community from the alleged threat that they face.
Similar camps would be held till June 5 in Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Pilibhit, Noida and Fatehpur cities in the state. The cadres can be seen killing men dressed as Muslims during the mock drill, ANI reported Monday.
Manoj Verma, the organizer, said the cadres are given a lot of boost during the camps.
“We prepare them to boost their self-esteem. This training is of self-defence. They are taught to tackle different situations. This is about self-confidence,” Verma said.
“This whole annual program is about boosting the self-confidence and morale of the cadres,” he added.
Meanwhile, MIM leader and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi reacted to the Bajrang Dal arms training saying Bajrang Dal and Sanghis are holding such training in the name of self defense. “What will be the reaction if Muslim organizations hold such arms training camps like Bajrang Dal,” asked the MIM president on Twitter. “In the name of protecting Hindus, weapons training is provided in the camp,” he said. “These jokers should be sent to (the) border.”
Congress leader Shobha Oza condemned the Bajrang Dal camp and called on the NDA regime to put a ban on such activities.
“It is unfortunate that whenever the elections come then the BJP starts these kinds of activities. The BJP believes in polarization. The government should put a ban and the culprits should get adequate punishment,” Oza told ANI.
Bajrang Dal, which is the youth wing of Vishva Hindu Parishad, has faced allegations of rioting and violence against religious minorities in the past.