Firearms training organised mostly by right wing groups like Rashtriya Bajrang Dal of Pravin Togadia took place in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Togadia’s organisation has been imparting such training for young Hindu boys and girls over days.
On social media the pictures of these events get posted but what kind of actual training is imparted and what are they motivated to fight for, one can only imagine. Togadia himself has been a repeat hate offender, persistently speaking against the Muslim community, hence, these training are bound to ring alarm bells. Yet, the administration and law enforcement in these states do not find these events to be violating any law, even though they are violating laws, specifically the Arms Act.
Under the Arms Act, section 9, anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited to possess or acquire any firearm or ammunition.
In these trainings held in Surendra Nagar (June 25) and Ahmedabad (June 1) in Gujarat, it can be seen in the video that men are being trained in using firearms and general physical fitness by conducting exercises. In the training in Surendra Nagar, there are pictures of rifles and young boys and girls being trained.
Location: Surendar Nagar, Gujarat
Firearms training at Rashtriya Bajrang Dal’s Prashikshan Shaurya Varg. pic.twitter.com/9PymWc8pse
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Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Hate monger Pravin Togadia led Rashtriya Bajrang Dal gives firearms training to Hindu youths at “Prashikshan Varg” camp. pic.twitter.com/6C8MXkslot
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The training of Valsad, Gujarat was held between May 27 to May 30.
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The training in Fatehnagar, Rajasthan was conducted for middle aged men, as well as young and minor boys who were being trained in using sticks and swords as well. The said video surfaced on June 6.
Location: Fatehnagar, Rajasthan
Bajrang Dal members organise firearms training for Hindu youths. pic.twitter.com/QGBiBoZGOR
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In Bijnor, UP, the training was held on June 18 and June 19 to young boys, many of these were minors can be seen in this video.
Location: Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh
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In Panchkula, Haryana, a video surfaced on June 19 where young boys were being given training in operating rifles and sword fighting.
Location: Panchkula, Haryana
Rashtriya Bajrang Dal organized the Prashikshan Varg camp, where participants were given firearms training and sword fighting. pic.twitter.com/MU8AYErDc1
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A round up of May firearms trainings can be read here