Hindutva weapons training camp, run by BJP politician

Images of the event had gone viral on social media and showed youngsters with guns and tridents.

The event was held from May 5 to May 11 at a school in Karnataka.

A police complaint has been filed against several persons, including a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and MLC, in connection with an “arms training camp” held in the school.

Those named in the complaint also include members of the Bajrang Dal, which had organized the camp.

According to the local police, the training camp was conducted without prior permission from the local authorities.

Meanwhile, the regional convener of the Bajrang Dal, Raghu Sakleshpur, said that 116 activists took part in the camp. He also said that air guns were used during the training, for which no permission was required. 

“Also, the trishuls [tridents] distributed were not sharp,” he said. “The air gun session was part of self-defense training. We encourage the activists to be involved in Dal’s future activities.”

Raghu Sakleshpura, the south Karnataka convenor for the Bajrang Dal, said that apart from arms training, discussions were held on topics such as “love jihad” and cattle slaughter.

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