Be­fore SC or­der, VHP be­gins ‘tr­ishul dik­sha’

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Luc­know: As Supreme Court con­ducts day-to-day hear­ings in the Ay­o­d­hya case, Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad is qui­etly in­duct­ing a fresh batch of tri­dent-armed cadre un­der its ‘tr­ishul dik­sha’ pro­gramme in var­i­ous parts of Ut­tar Pradesh. VHP plans to com­plete the re­cruit­ment be­fore the apex court de­liv­ers its ver­dict.

Con­firm­ing the de­vel­op­ment, VHP or­gan­i­sa­tional sec­re­tary Bholen­dra said the re­cruit­ment is be­ing con­ducted through ‘Shakti Ken­dras’, where youths are be­ing im­parted train­ing in the use of tri­dents. Five ‘Shakti Ken­dras’ have been set up across the state and each batch which is be­ing trained at such units com­prises 100 to 200 youths.

“The pur­pose of the pro­gramme is to cre­ate a feisty cadre and re­mind Hin­dus about the im­por­tance of ‘shaas­tra’ (re­li­gious text) and ‘shas­tra’ (arms). They should not for­get the Hindu sa­maj has its roots in both,” he told TOI. He con­firmed that the in­duc­tion would be com­pleted be­fore SC de­liv­ers its ver­dict.

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