A senior Indian Police official compared the Islamic organization Popular Front of India’s physical training modules with those of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), leading to harsh criticism from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Senior Superintendent of Patna Police, Manavjit Singh Dhillon, made the statement at a press conference held to brief about the arrests of three Popular Front of India members and its political wing Social Democratic Party of India.
“Their [PFI’s] modus operandi was to act like an RSS shakha where lathi training is given,” Dhillon said. “…They would call them for physical training but also brainwash and radicalize them. They train the youth under the guise of physical education and spread propaganda.”
BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand said that the senior superintendent of police should apologize for his statement and resign. “IAS and IPS officers are considered above politics and ideological influence,” he said. “Patna SSP’s statement comparing PFI with RSS is shameful and seriously condemnable.”
Danish Rizwan, the spokesperson of the Hindustani Awam Morcha, said that it was not fair to criticize Dhillon. “All he said was the way RSS has shakhas, these people do too,” he said. “It did not mean that he was calling the RSS a terrorist organization.”
Bihar’s main Opposition party the Rashtriya Janata Dal said that the police officer’s description of the RSS modus operandi was “absolutely correct” and alleged that the organization spreads hatred and propaganda in the name of physical education.
“Whenever [the RSS] establishes itself in an area, it carries out riots, mob lynching, and other activities that harm social harmony,” the party said.
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