J&K Police begin investigation into temple vandalism incident in Anantnag


A photo that went viral online showed part of the Mata Bargah Shakha temple damaged from the inside by unknown disbelievers.

Police in Jammu and Kashmir opened an investigation into an incident of desecration and vandalism of a temple in Anantnag, southern Kashmir, on October 2.

“Senior police officer investigating incident,” official said The Hindu.

Police filed an FIR for vandalism under section 295, 427 of the Indian Penal Code.

A photo of the Mata Bargah Shakha Temple, located near the Sun Temple at Martand in Anantnag, went viral online on October 2. It showed part of the temple damaged from the inside by unknown disbelievers.

The incident sparked protests from Kashmiri pundits. Several migrant pandits living in Jagti County in Jammu also protested the incident and described it as “an act of cowardice”.

Regional political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have also condemned the incident.

“Saddened and disturbed by reports of malicious damage and vandalism at Mata Temple in Mattan. The need of the hour is to reassure our Pandit brothers. Ask SSP Anantnag and DC Anantnag to look into the matter immediately, ”People’s Democratic Party Chairman Mehbooba Mufti said in a tweet.

The vice-president of the National Conference, Omar Abdullah, called the act “unacceptable”. “I strongly condemn this vandalism and urge the administration, in particular the police, to identify the culprits so that they can be prosecuted with all the rigor of the law,” said Mr. Abdullah.

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