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'Bajrang Dal a terror group, ban likely'

patna Updated: Oct 07, 2008 13:39 IST

The Bajrang Dal is a terrorist outfit and the central government will not hesitate to ban it like it outlawed the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), says Union Minister of State for Home Shakeel Ahmad.

"There is little doubt that the Bajrang Dal is a terrorist outfit involved in creating terror. The central government may ban it as it has banned SIMI," Ahmad told IANS over telephone from his Bihar constituency Madhubani.

"The centre will ban Bajrang Dal if four to five state governments send reports making it clear that Bajrang Dal activities led to terror."

He said there was enough evidence to suggest that the activities of the radical Hindu group were leading to terror and that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government would not hestitate to ban it.

"If the activities of any outfit create terror, it is regarded as a terrorist outfit," the minister, who is also spokesperson of the Congress, added.

The spotlight is back on the Bajrang Dal after a spate of violence targeting Christians and churches in the country, particularly Orissa and Karnataka.