VHP announces distribution of swords, knives in Varanasi

India: In its attempts to create a sense of fear among the minorities, Hindu right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in the Varanasi city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has announced that it will provide free distribution of swords, knives and sticks to its members.

Sanjay Hindu Sinha, who claims to be the VHP’s joint general secretary for Kashi Mahanagar area of Varanasi, in a social media post said he will be teaching kung fu and issuing licences for swords with sticks at Lohiyanagar in the city, Indian media reported.

“Free of cost training of lathi (sticks) for 15 days, knife for one month, swords for one month, and Kungfu for three months, after which licence of swords with sticks and knife will be issued for free,” reads the Facebook post, which has since been deleted after becoming viral.

The VHP leader’s announcement is against the law, which states that any Indian citizen must obtain a license from the relevant state authorities which then needs to be periodically renewed in order to keep any type of sword or knife that is larger than nine inches and that is not a kitchen appliance.