LUCKNOW: More than 100 buses will on Sunday leave for Srinagar from Kanpur carrying over 1,000 Jan Sena volunteers, led by sadhus and mahants and trained exclusively to take on stone pelters in the restive Valley.
While security forces in the Kashmir Valley are striving hard to handle the masked stone pelters, the Jan Sena brigade was imparting training to its volunteers in Kanpur to deal with the protesting youth in coordination with security forces.
Jan Sena is a Kanpur-based socio-religious organisation which is involved in voluntary services. According to Jan Sena head Balyogi Arun Puri Chaitanya Maharaj, the volunteers have been imparted training in stone pelting so as to give a befitting reply to miscreants in the Valley. Sadhus and mahants are accompanying the volunteers to assign duties to them and guide their response. “Jan Sena volunteers will be assisting forces in tackling stone pelters in the Valley,” said a member of the outfit.
On the criteria for choosing the volunteers, a Jan Sena trainer said marksmen were given preference. Giving further details, the Jan Sena head said a couple of trucks with stones, adequate ration and tents will also be despatched along with the volunteers. "Now we cannot sit quiet. We will teach a lesson to J&K stone-pelters,” said Balyogi.
During the extensive training sessions, each volunteer was coached to respond to a stone with a stone and on ways to dodge stones. “On seeing the situation in the Valley which is going from bad to worse with forces turning victims of stone pelters, our mahants decided to raise a battalion to take on the stone-pelting mobs,” said a Sena volunteer, adding that in the Valley, hundreds of Jan Sena volunteers would take positions in trouble-prone areas in coordination with security forces.