A day after a video purportedly showing Bajrang Dal volunteers receiving self-defence training in weapons in Ayodhya went viral on social media, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Tuesday maintained that there was nothing wrong in it.
Photographs of cadres brandishing rifles, swords and even lathis at the “self-defence” camps held in some Bajrang Dal-managed schools have gone viral.
The video of a mock drill purportedly showed some volunteers wearing skull caps at the camp held in Karsevakpuram — the VHP workshop in Ayodhya.
“Those who cannot defend themselves, cannot ultimately defend the country and there is nothing wrong if some youths are getting arms-training purely for self defence,” said Naik.
“All kinds of education are important… there is nothing objectionable in training for self-defence by any school or institution,” he said in Aligarh.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Naik said: “It is important to understand the intention behind giving such training… Self defence is necessary and every citizen should be trained…”
Bajrang Dal’s UP convener Surendra Mishra said the organisation had no intention to hurt the sentiments of any community. Initially, Mishra claimed no one had worn skull caps during the training session. When told about the video, he said: “Local workers who planned the mock drill would have used the caps.”
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines