New Delhi: Vishva Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) international working president Alok Kumar — during his visit to the riot-affected areas of Northeast Delhi Friday — said Hindus have the right to defend themselves, and that if RSS and VHP men along with society resisted the attacks, then he was proud of them.
Asked about allegations that RSS members were part of the mob, Kumar said he doesn’t have any such information.
“In case of a riot when the mob attacks, then Hindus have the right to self-defence. And if any RSS or VHP people along with the society resisted the attacks, then I am proud of them,” he told ThePrint.
Kumar along with a team of VHP leaders visited the riot-affected areas to “assess the situation and mobilise support to help the affected families”.
Starting from 10 am, Kumar and his team visited the riot-hit areas of Shiv Vihar, Maujpur, Brahmapuri and Noor-E-Ilahi. Kumar visited close to 65 families in these areas — all of them were Hindus.
He said most of the victims were either from lower or lower-middle class families, who were migrants — most from Uttar Pradesh.
“I cannot even explain the extent of the damage done. There is rubble everywhere. I would say it’s a 100 per cent loss. There is both mental and physical trauma.”
Kumar added the RSS and VHP are working together to collect funds to help the riot-affected people. He said the VHP is also reaching out to philanthropists for help.
‘Muslims triggered the riots’
After his visit, Kumar said that from his understanding, the Muslims started the riots and attacked first, and the Hindus retaliated in self-defence.
“The riots were triggered by the Muslims and were premeditated. It was evident that there was a preparation to it, as there was collection of firearms and bricks. Therefore, the Muslims triggered the riots and Hindus fought back in exercise of their self defence,” Kumar said.
He said if a riot occurs, then the VHP will encourage the entire Hindu community across the world to not take it lying down and fight back in self-defence.
Asked if he was planning to visit any of the Muslim families affected by the riots, Kumar said he was not sure if they would like to meet him or if it is possible in the present situation.