Jharkhand, July 19: In two separate incidents of temple vandalism, two men were detained for allegedly vandalising two temples in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh and Ranchi. The first incident was reported on Friday after a 25-year-old mentally-challenged Muslim man damaged parts of a Shiva temple in Hazaribagh which led to stone pelting in four different parts of the district, including a mosque and a temple. The incident led to communal tensions in the area and a market shutdown. In another incident, a 45-year-old man was detained by police after he barged into a Ranchi temple in Sariya police station area in Jharkhand’s Giridih district on Monday night. Retaliating to the vandalism, five people have also been detained for allegedly torching a few poultry shops.
In Hazaribagh, displeased over the vandalism of the famous Mahamaya Mandir in Bishnugarh block and an alleged insult to religious sentiments, hundreds of people blocked the Hazaribagh-Dhanbad national highway, according to Hindustan Times. The temple had a statue of Rajabali Dwarpal which was damaged by 25-year-old Ayub Ahmad, as per local sources. Stone pelting was reported from Atthara Chowk, Main Road, a temple and near a mosque following the vandalism after which, police had to resort to lathi-charge to control the mob.
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In Ranchi, the 45-year-old man was detained for vandalising a temple. As per the reports, security has been deployed in the area and committee meetings are being held to maintain calm. The police said that one Sikandar Ansari barged into a temple, late on Monday night and damaged some parts of the temple. Few locals caught him, beat him up and was later, handed over to the police.
The reports also have it that following the incidents, a mob gathered and set fire to a few poultry shops in the area. Following information, police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. “Complaints have been registered by both the sides. One person who had allegedly entered the temple has been detained. Five persons allegedly involved in rioting have also been detained. The police acted promptly and brought the situation under control within a short time. We are interrogating the detained to ascertain the reason behind the incident,” Giridih SP Akhilesh B Verrior was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.