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Not A Camp Charade

Did the media and the police play into a cynically polarising game in Ayodhya?

Not A Camp Charade
Defence Of Self | Photograph by PTI
Not A Camp Charade
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2016-05-27T21:38:47+05:30

The timing said it all. A week after the alleged Bajrang Dal “self-defence camp” conclu­ded on May 14, a video made its way to a TV channel. It showed Bajrang Dal activists being trained to shoot guns at mock-targets who were wearing skullcaps. While Governor Ram Naik stoked controversy by declaring there was nothing wrong in holding such camps, the state government stepped in and arrested a local Bajrang Dal “lea­der”, who had been largely unknown until then.

BJP leaders in the national capital brush the controversy aside. Denying that the camps were a deliberate provocation des­igned to polarise voters before the Uttar Pradesh election next year, a spokesman tells Outlook, “All they had was air guns and they meant no trouble. If this violates the law, the police will surely act.”

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