Bajrang Dal cadres switch to guns
Bhopal: Activists of the Hindu radical organisation Bajrang Dal in a Madhya Pradesh town are graduating from canes as weapons of self-defence to guns and rifles, perhaps keeping pace with the changing times.
In the Gunj Basoda area of Vidisha, a group of about 35 Bajrang Dal activists can be seen learning how to handle and use firearms every morning and every evening.
Their day begins with physical exercises followed by training in martial arts like judo and karate and then lessons in how to use firearms.
"Ability to use firearms is the need of the hour," said Anand Prakash Goel, a Bajrang Dal leader in
"We also have to change the way the world is changing," declared the leader of the group that is known for its militant anti-minority stance. "By training a person in the use of guns and firearms, we can instil confidence in him or her," he said.
"The Bajrang Dal is the militant wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), just as the Bharatiya Janata Party is the political wing and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad is the religious wing," said a political analyst.
Though the Bajrang Dal is flouting rules by imparting firearms training to its cadres, the district administration and police in Vidisha said they had not received any such reports.
"I am not aware of such training," Vidisha police chief R.P. Shrivastava told IANS. Added another police official: "Rules are being flouted in the training. A person who has a licensed pistol, rifle or gun cannot give it or lend it to another person even for a second or firing one shot."
(IANS, May 26).
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