FIR against Bajrang Dal activists over Ayodhya camp
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FIR against Bajrang Dal activists over Ayodhya camp

nation Updated: May 26, 2016 07:54 IST

AYODHYA: The Faizabad district police registered an FIR against unidentified participants in a Bajrang Dal ‘self-defence’ camp on charges of promoting enmity between different groups and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony.

The saffron outfit organised a camp in Ayodhya earlier this month where volunteers purportedly brandished rifles, swords and sticks. The FIR was registered under Section 153 A of the IPC at the Ayodhya Kotwali police station on Tuesday.

The police move comes on the heels of Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik having virtually defended the self-defence camp.

“This arms training is for the purpose of self-defence. There should not be any objection from any quarter. The intention behind this exercise is what counts,” Naik had said. When contacted, Naik said that he had already made his views on the issue known.

Photographs of the saffron cadre brandishing rifles, swords and lathis in the camps in some Bajrang Dal-managed schools had gone viral on social media and news channels.

Sub-inspector of Naya Ghat police station, Shriniwas Pandey, filed an application at the police station, stating that a demonstration staged during the Bajrang Dal training camp from May 8-15 contained ‘objectionable scenes’, which might promote enmity between different groups.

First Published: May 26, 2016 07:54 IST