A bizarre incident was reported from Agra, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday morning where members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal were seen brandishing fire arms and then firing in the air on the occasion of Vijay Dashmi. In the video posted by ANI on Twitter the members of the right wing groups can be seen shouting slogans of “Mandir wahin banayenge” and chanting “Vande Mataram”.

The incident took place at Hanuman Mandir in Agra which is close to World Heritage listed monument of Agra Fort.

Sunil Parashar, president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Agra unit told TOI, “Celebratory firing was done by over enthusiast VHP and Bajrang Dal members amid the slogans of ‘Jai Sri Ram’, but was confined to temple premises which was quite far away from Agra Fort.”

The members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal fired in presence of the photo journalists and even posed with their weapons. The members can be seen firing from .32 bore revolvers, .315 bore rifles, 12 gauge double barrel guns and pistols.

Police sources said that the police is aware about the incident. However the celebratory firing took place at Hanuman temple but was confined within the walls of temple and nobody has filed a complaint in this regard.

In Bengal there has been tussle between the right wing organisations an Bengal government on ‘Shastra Pujan’. After the tussle the High Court had to intervene and make it clear that no permission is required for ‘Shastra Pujan’ from the court or the administration if the Puja is carried out in closed premises. 

“The RSS celebrates the occasion of Vijaydashmi throughout the country wherein Shastra Pujan is also observed as it is also our foundation day. The ritual was held in nearly 5,000 places in Bengal this year,” Jushnu Basu, RSS General Secretary, south Bengal, said.

“Worship of weapons has been held in India for several years. The West Bengal government is trying to divert people’s attention by making an issue out of it because they are constantly taking steps to curtail the fundamental rights of the Hindus in the state,” he claimed.