Guwahati, August 01, 2023: Following the emergence of a video allegedly showing members of Rashtriya Bajrang Dal engaging in arms training at a school in Mangaldoi, Assam police have directed the Darrang Police to register a case and conduct a thorough investigation. The controversial video has sparked concerns about the training of young men in handling arms, including small guns.
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Around 350 young men reportedly received training in various skills, including martial arts, weapons handling, survival tactics, and political ideology, during a seven-day camp held in Mornoi village, Darrang District. The camp, organized by Rashtriya Bajrang Dal, also included Vedic rituals and ideological orientation.
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Nilav Ritu, the vice-president of Rashtriya Bajrang Dal, confirmed the occurrence of the training and cited the security threat posed by alleged illegal immigrants from Bangladesh as the reason behind the camp.
However, the opposition Congress and CPIM have demanded action and an inquiry into the matter. Congress Legislature Party leader Debabrata Saikia addressed a letter to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, calling for legal action against the camp’s organizers and state officials. The opposition parties expressed concerns that the camp may exacerbate divisions among different communities, religions, and linguistic affiliations in the state.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered with Mangaldai police station. The case number is 357 under sections, 153A and 34 of IPC.