The photos of an alleged arms training camp organised by Bajrang Dal at a school in Mumbai has sparked off a major controversy.
The Thane (Rural) police have assigned the investigation to the Navghar police station after the Democratic Youth Federation of India took the matter to it.
Pictures revealed that people were carrying rifles but additional superintendent of police Atul Kulkarni said that initial investigations have revealed that swords and rifles were not used.
According to reports, the camp was held at Seven Eleven Academy owned by Narendra Mehta, the BJP MLA from Mira Road.
The school premises, located on Mira Road in the suburbs of Mumbai, was rented to Bajrang Dal for the event.
The photos of arms training are being verified to find out whether these are of the camp here or somewhere else.
Coming ahead of monsoon session of the Maharashtra legislature, the Opposition has trained guns on the government with chief spokesman of the NCP, Nawab Malik, saying: “There should be action against the concerned BJP MLA and Bajrang Dal”.
it should be noted a year ago in June month The Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) – two notorious Hindu-right extremist groups infamous for their violence againt minorities in India, have been classified as “militant religious organisations” by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The CIA, the intelligence wing of the US government, in its 2018 edition of the ‘World Factbook’, has categorised them under “political pressure groups”, defined as organisations that are involved in politics or that exert political pressure but whose leaders do not stand for legislative election.
The CIA also lists the RSS, Hurriyat Conference and Jamiat Ulema-e Hind among the political pressure groups in India. The RSS has been defined as a “nationalist organisation”, the Hurriyat Conference as a “separatist group” and the Jamiat Ulema-e Hind a “religious organisation”,
Khemchand Sharma, former national convenor of the BJP’s Samvad cell, however then rejected the CIA’s assertions.
The Bajrang Dal & VHP’s militancy has been a core feature of its RSS ideology.
It is important to note what VHP leader Pravin Togadia said in the wake of the BJP’s victory in the 2002 post-riot elections in Gujarat: “All Hindutva opponents will get the death sentence, and we will leave this to the people to carry out”,