MP: Bajrang Dal Trains Cadres To Tackle ‘Anti-Nationals’ And ‘Love-Jihadists’
Election-bound Madhya Pradesh is in a state of fix as Bajrang Dal, an outfit of RSS has been witnessed giving arms training to the state’s youth to allegedly fight against ‘anti-nationals and love jihadists’.
As reported by the Hindustan Times, Bajrang Dal leader from Rajgarh, Devi Singh Sisodiya said, “We organize such 10-day camps in all 51 districts of the state every year to train newly recruited Bajrang Dal activists on how to use guns, lathis to take on ‘love jihadist’ – a term used when a Muslim boy marries a Hindu girl – anti-nationals and cow slaughterers.”
In this camp, which was held in Bawara of Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh between May 3 and May 11, Bajrang Dal workers were trained in self-defence, shooting, karate, climbing the tree with rope or towel, high jumping etc, reported ANI. Controversies sparked when pictures of youths being given arms training at the camp surfaced on social media.
Condemning the move, former chief minister Digvijaya Singh’s son and MLA from Raghogarh, Jaivardhan Singh tweeted, “Surprisingly, they are imparting training of becoming murderers in the name of Rashtravaad. Our Army is protecting our nation, we don’t need organisation who hold such violent camps.”
आश्चर्य की बात है कि म.प्र. के राजगढ़ जिले में बजरंग दल राष्ट्रवाद के नाम पर युवाओं को हत्यारों की ट्रेनिंग दे रही है।
जब हमारे देश की सेना आज़ादी से लेकर आज तक हिंदुस्तान की रक्षा कर रही है तो ऐसे हिंसक कार्यक्रम का औचित्य क्या है?https://t.co/24XZKFip4i https://t.co/tssc5OsFXc
— Jaivardhan Singh (@JVSinghINC) May 27, 2018
Similarly, Digvijay Singh tweeted-
मप्र की सरकार ने इसकी स्वीकृति दी है क्या ? क्या DGP मोहदय या राजगढ़ की SP मोहोदया इस की जानकारी देंगे? https://t.co/FLZfgDAYyA
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) May 27, 2018
Further, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Manak Agrawal told the Hindustan Times, “The RSS is imparting arms training to youth to use force during election. They are giving illegal arms and canes to youth. There is a chance that these people will turn the peaceful protest of farmers into a violent one. These people are flourishing under BJP government and police is not taking action against them.”
However, opposing such claims, Bajrang Dal activist, Lokendra Malviya told HT, “The Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of VHP also holds similar camps. We have nothing to do with the government and we held such camps during Digvijay Singh’s tenure also.”
He further went on to challenge Congress’ allegation in a bid to prove it baseless by saying that the guns used were air-guns.
Madhya Pradesh BJP spokesman Rajneesh Agrawal told ANI, “There is a rule of law and constitution in the country and in this case, no one will be allowed to take over the law. Appropriate action will be taken by the government.”
In a new development, reported by Hindustan Times, the superintendent of police, Rajgarh is probing the matter and said upon completion of the investigation, appropriate actions will be taken.