26/05/2016 8:44 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

Bajrang Dal Leader Arrested After FIR Over Arms Training In Ayodhya


A Bajrang Dal leader, Mahesh Sharma, was arrested last night in connection with annual ' self defence' camp conducted in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya. Sharma has been charged with hurting religious sentiments of the Muslim community and spreading communal hatred.

The arrest comes after an FIR against unidentified Bajrang Dal workers was lodged at the Ayodhya police station late on Tuesday night. Earlier on May 14, a 'self-defence' camp was organised at Karsevakpuram, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workshop in Ayodhya.

In the video that went viral on Monday, 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 Hindus'. Similar camps would be held till June 5 in Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Pilibhit, Noida and Fatehpur cities in the state.

The cadres can be seen killing men dressed as Muslims during the mock drill.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik said earlier there was nothing wrong in training in firearms for self defence.

"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 said.

Watch the video: