Controversy after Bajrang Dal found giving arms training in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh


In an alarming development, fringe group Bajrang Dal reportedly organised an ‘arms training’ camp for its cadres in Bawara of Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh.

In the camp, the Bajrang Dal cadres were given ‘secret training’ on how to fire arms and wield weapons including rifles, swords and lathis to fight the ‘anti-national, love jihadi’ elements, reported ANI.

The camp was organised from 3 May to 11 May, where selected members from 32 districts were given arms training. Besides being trained in using arms, the Bajrang Dal cadres were also trained in Karate, climbing trees with rope or towel and high jumping among other combat skills.

The cadres once admitted into the program, reportedly, were not allowed to step outside the camp between 4 am and 11 pm.

Bajrang Dal District Convenor, Devi Singh Sondhia, claimed that it was “routine annual camp” which was being organised since 1984, reported ANI.

Sondhia said, “This is a routine camp which we organize annually to tackle anti-national, love jihad elements. It started in the year 1984.”

The Congress party slammed Bajrang Dal for organising such a camp, reportedly, likening its activities to that of banned terror outfit SIMI.

Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said, “Such a law should not be allowed to be taken in hand. Do the people taking this training not have belief in our armed forces? The Government should take immediate action against it,” quoted Times Now.

Meanwhile, the incident has been attracting some flak from the social media.