Bajrang Dal ‘Self Defence’ Training Draws FIR

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Ayodhya: Bajrang Dal held its first ‘counter terror training camp’ in Ayodhya on May 10 but the ‘drills’ shot into the limelight after videos of the rigorous training sessions went viral.

An FIR has been registered against Bajrang Dal organisers for promoting enmity among different communities. Sankalp Sharma,SP, City Faizabad, said the matter is being investigated.

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An FIR has been registered against Bajrang Dal organisers and participants under Sections u/s 153A in Faizabad. The organisation has been charged with promoting enmity among different communities. In the videos, groups of young men were seen brandishing air guns, lathis and other weapons.

The drills included jumping across fire rings, crossing muddy water bodies, passing through fire and shooting the militants.  Mock attacks were conducted at the camp on men wearing skull caps, beards. Muslim clerics severely criticised the training.

Congress spokesperson Amarnath Agarwal says the Bajrang Dal activists only want to fan communal feelings.  BJP MP from Unnao Sakshi Maharaj says there was nothing wrong in it. Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath seconds his party colleague.

The BJP disassociates itself from the Bajrang Dal event. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik reportedly defends Bajrang Dal’s ‘self defence’ camp.  Congress claims Governor Ram Naik is backing Bajrang Dal’s game plan.

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