New Delhi: A New Delhi based NGO will distribute copies of Hindu scripture Bhagwad Gita on June 03, 2016 to counter what it called the extremist agenda of Hindutva outfits and arms training camps organised by Bajrang Dal, Hindu Vahini and others.
"During the last few days an organisation has been training its volunteers in arms. We believe that the answer to such activities is that we reach out to people with the right message of religion", Faisal Khan of Khudai Khidmatgar National Alliance of People Movement said in a statement.
"That's why Khudai Khidmatgar and other organisations will distribute Gita among people at Gandhi Samadhi, Rajghat to give message to people against hate, narrow mindedness, conspiracy does not help but love, sacrifice, service and tolerance are the real weapons", he added.
The Bhagwad Gita, often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Hindu traditionalists assert that the Gita came into existence in the third or fourth millennium BC.
Uttar Pradesh police on May 26 arrested Bajrang Dal leader Mahesh Sharma 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 came after an FIR against unidentified Bajrang Dal workers was lodged at the Ayodhya police station late on Tuesday night.
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 later on, cadres can be seen killing men dressed as Muslims during the mock drill.
In the annual self-defence camp, the Bajrang Dal cadres are trained to use rifles, swords and sticks so that they can 'protect the Hindus'.
Bajrang Dal said similar camps would be held till June 5 in Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Pilibhit, Noida and Fatehpur cities in the state.