A squad of 1,000 saints from the Jan Sena, a Kanpur-based religious organization, will drop for Jammu & Kashmir on May 7 to help out Army jawans and paramilitary forces take on stone-pelters in the strife-torn state. Supplementary squads of saints may be sent later as per the requirement, said Jan Sena founder Balyogi Arun Puri Chaitanya Maharaj. Puri is the head minister of the Siddhanth temple in Janjmau. Earlier, Jammu & Kashmir Governor N N Vohra required the PDP and BJP met him and simplify their stand on government formation in the state, and the PDP sent clear signals that the return of the coalition was “just a phone call away.”

The Jan Sena patron claimed they have elected to go ahead with the proposed plan under the ‘Yudha Vijay Yagya’ notwithstanding the authorities forbidding them from doing so. “We solicited permission from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release us into Kashmir for boosting the morale of jawans and assisting them to take on stone-pelters but did not get it. The district administration also refused us permission. However, we are decided to go, regardless of the consequences. If our members are frozen, we will travel in our individual capacity and regroup once we get there,” he said.

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We will request the jawans to keep us in the front row so that Army fatalities are avoided

Greeting media persons at his ashram on Wednesday, Puri told the Saints would gather at the Shahid Smarak in Nanarao Plaza on Sunday morning and drop for Kashmir in 100 cars and three buses. Many another will reach the Valley by train on May 14.

The Maharaj told a truck stuffed with stones will accompany the saints so that any charge by Kashmiri extremists can concur a suitable response. “Our disciples will collect more rocks once we get there,” he added.

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According to the Jan Sena founder, as numerous as 500 volunteers would head to Krishna Ghati where the jawans were discovered beheaded on Monday. “We will request the jawans to keep us in the front row so that Army fatalities are avoided. As we don’t have relations to mourn our death, we don’t mind yielding our lives to safeguard that of our jawans,” he said.

Puri told the volunteers had been trained in patharbaji, stone-slinging to combat anti-national elements. “We design to open patharbaji training centers in Kanpur and adjacent areas to teach more saints the art of stone-slinging,” he added.