Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) ‘Durga Vahini’ is reportedly imparting arms training to its members in Varanasi. The group is the women wing of the VHP and operates mainly in northern states.
The members were reportedly given training in firearms at Bharti Shiksha Mandir in Sigra area of Varanasi.
The training was organized as a self-defence camp for women and fight terrorists.
Some 100 girls from 11 districts of the state were seen receiving training in firearms.
Quoting Kamla Mishra, the in-charge of the camp, BBC reports
that the girls are being trained to fight terrorists because Islamic terrorists believe that dying at the hands of women denies one the promised heaven. BBC spoke to the girls at the training camp who said that they wanted to fight terrorists. As of now the girls are being trained on air-guns by professional trainers.
A girl said that it was imperative for females to learn self-defence skills such as karate and gun firing. Even some elderly women were spotted at the camp.
Trainer Richa Verma said that it is not just given training in firearms but also in yoga and other exercises to keep the body fit.
But the police inspected the camp on Sunday acting on a tip-off that firearms were being distributed; however, they did not find a single gun at the place.
“The police did not find anything objectionable. The women were being taught judo,” Varanasi IG S K Bhagat said.
But VHP joint secretary for Kashi region, Anand Singh, told Indian Express that volunteers are being taught how to use airguns at the camp. Recently the VHP was in the line of fire for a video showing Bajrang Dal activists training in firearms in Ayodhya.