The city court on Thursday sent Faizabad convenor of Bajrang Dal, Mahesh Mishra on a 14-day judicial custody in connection with the ‘self defence’ camp organised in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya city.
The Faizabad CJM court move came after Sharma was charged with hurting religious sentiments of the Muslim community and spreading communal hatred under Section 153 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Bajrang Dal leader’s was arrested following a FIR filed against Bajrang Dal at the Ayodhya police station late on Tuesday night.
Earlier on May 14, a ‘self-defence’ camp was conducted at Karsevakpuram, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workshop in Ayodhya.In the video that surfaced on social media, volunteers wearing skull caps were reportedly seen brandishing firearm, swords and lathis. In the annual self-defence camp, the Bajrang Dal cadres are trained to use rifles, swords and sticks so that they can ‘protect the Hindus’. The activists can be seen killing men dressed as Muslims during the mock drill.
Earlier also Mishra was found indulged in exhorting, at a rally at Karsewakpuram, the Hindu community members to gather weapons and arms to take on the “terrorist” community.
As Mishra was arrested, hundreds of his supporters had gathered and raised anti-police slogans. The Bajrang Dal and its affiliate Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) slammed the Akhilesh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh of cracking down on their leaders to appease the Muslim community for votes.
However, they defended themselves by saying that flaunting weapons and training their cadre in weapons use was normal and was being done since 1984 when the group was formed.