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Police prevents arms training camp of “Arya Veer”

Aligarh: Police posted a guard at the Arya Veerangana and self-defence camp of Arya Veer team and stopped the girls at Arya Samaj Mandir, who were going to Gandhi Park on 18 June, for Yoga camp. Confrontation continued for four hours. Police didn’t concede to the Mayor and Hindutva leaders who had reached the spot. The issue was that a camp was going on in Arya Samaj Mandir at Achal Taal since 12 June. Sixty girls joined this camp, who had come from various destinations. The girls were being trained ideologically and in yoga, besides use of swords, sticks and other weapons. Some people objected to the training of weapons in the name of “self-defence”. This forced the administration to take notice. The camp activities were limited to Arya Samaj Mandir. Secretary of the mandir, Rajinder Pathak, said the Arya Veer Dal activists held their Yoga programme in the Gandhi Park. But, a large contingent of police assembled outside the mandir early in the morning. As soon as the activists and the girls tried to go out at 5:00 am, they were stopped at the gate. The police didn’t give them permission even for the next day. The state general secretary of Arya Veer, Acharya Dharm Veer, and other leaders expressed their anger at the police action. Mayor Shakuntala Bharti and some Hindutva leaders also reached the spot. Hindutva leaders expressed anger over not allowing the exercise, but the police and administration, referring to law and order situation, refused permission. Afterwards the activists seemed to be content for the exercise within Mandir premises.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2016 on page no. 15

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