BajrangDal Leader held Destroying foundation stone

A Bajrang Dal leader was arrested and later released for barging into a temple in Aligarh and allegedly destroying the foundation stone of a water cooler that was donated by a Muslim. Deepak Rajput, was released on bail on Thursday evening amid protests by the right-wing outfit. Several Bajrang Dal members had reached the Lodha police station where Rajput was being held and protested. Lodha police station in-charge Gajraj Singh said that Rajput was arrested under section 151 of CrPC (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences) and released on bail. Bajrang Dal convenor (city) Gaurav Sharma told reporters, “There was no need of a foundation stone bearing the name of Muslim leader inside the temple. This was a conspiracy.” The temple committee had filed a police complaint saying that some ‘anti-social elements’ entered the Khereshwar Mahadev temple and destroyed the foundation stone of the water cooler that had been donated by Samajwadi Party leader Salman Shahid. The temple committee head, Satyapal Singh, had demanded a probe into the matter. Meanwhile, BJP MP Satish Gautam said that having a Muslim leader’s name inside the temple was an attempt to “hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community” and was being done with an eye on elections, next year. “How would they feel if my name is mentioned in a similar way inside a mosque?” he asked. The SP leader had donated the water cooler to Khereshwar Mahadev temple in Aligarh’s Lodha area on June 28 after discussing it with the temple committee. Satyapal Singh said, “We did not find any problem in installing the foundation stone inside the temple with his name. Unfortunately, after this incident, we had to apologize to him and return the water cooler to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the town.” — IANS

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Place of worship
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Place of worship Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

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Role of police Unsatisfactory :Bajrang Dal activist who broke temple plaque with Muslim donor's name released by the police after protests Current status Investigation has not begun
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Date of incident: July 01, 2021
Nature of Violence
  • Vandalism/Hooliganism
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Salman Shahid
    Name of Perpetrator Deepak Rajput
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Aligarh
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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