The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has justified the Bajrang Dal’s annual self-defence camp in Ayodhya and has said that the opposition parties were highlighting this episode to gain political mileage and defame Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Bajrang Dal is the youth wing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
Jain also rubbished reports that that suggested that arms’ training was being given in the camp.
“There was no arms’ training in the Bajrang Dal camp, judo karate, pranayam, these are not arms training. We are preparing our society to fight against terrorism,” Jain said.
Meanwhile, Bajrang Dal leader Mahesh Sharma, has been arrested in connection with the ‘self defence’ camp in Ayodhya and was sent to 14-day judicial custody on May 26. He was arrested after an FIR was lodged at the Ayodhya police station.
The Faizabad CJM court passed this order after Sharma was charged with hurting religious sentiments of the Muslim community and spreading communal hatred under Section 153 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Earlier on May 14, a ‘self-defence’ camp was organised at Karsevakpuram, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workshop in Ayodhya.
Opposition parties have accused that the self-defence camp was an attempt to trigger communal tension in Ayodhya ahead of 2017 Assembly elections. They also accused BJP of raising communal tensions in the state.
Strongly opposing the camp, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said such events led to the polarisation of the society, which is not the interest of the nation.
In the annual self-defence camp, the Bajrang Dal cadres are trained to use rifles, swords and sticks so that they can ‘protect the Hindus’.