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Bajrang Dal, Durga Vahini camps completely legal, positive: VHP

Party spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said that government is reluctant on taking action against Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini

New Delhi: There have been media reports that arms training are being organised by the Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini. But the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has termed these reports as “misleading propaganda” unleashed by certain sections.

The VHP today said summer training camps organised by the Bajrang Dal and the Durga Vahini are completely legal, positive and development-oriented.

“Some people are misleading the country by sensationalising it as some sort of a weapons training programme. The truth is that one can see such physical exercise being carried out in many villages and towns across the country.

“It is not aimed at imparting in any way fear in the minds of people. This endeavour to make the society strong is completely legal, positive and development-oriented,” Vinod Bansal, the VHP national spokesperson said in a statement.

These camps are being held as part of routine organisational activities in all states continuously for the last 28 years, Surendra Jain, Joint General Secretary, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, said.

The organisation also added that for the purpose of developing mental, intellectual as well as physical values, yoga, drills and target-practice are included in such camps.

Earlier this week, the Bajrang Dal had organised an arms training camp in Bawara of Rajgarh district in Madhya Pradesh where activists were secretly given training on the use of arms and other weapons. The camp was organised for a week where selected members from 32 districts of the State were trained how to use rifles, swords and lathis to deal with anti-national elements and love jihadis.

Meanwhile, the Congress has slammed the government for its inaction in dealing with such elements. Party spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said that government is reluctant on taking action against Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini. “Do the people taking this training not have belief in our armed forces? The government should take immediate action against it.”

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