The Uttar Pradesh Police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against four persons after two of them allegedly offered namaz at a temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura. As per the information received so far, while Faizal Khan and Chand Mohammed offered namaz, their two aides Alok Ratan and Nilesh Gupta clicked their pictures, which are now being circulated on social media.
The incident took place at around 12:30 pm at Nand Baba Mandir in Nandgaon area on 29 October. The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by Mukesh Goswami, Shivhari Goswami and Kanha on 1 November night.
As per the FIR, a copy of which has been accessed by media, the four are members of a Delhi-based organisation called ‘Khudai Khidmatgar’. The FIR states that Khan and Mohammed offered namaz without taking permission from temple authorities or informing them.
“Their act has hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community…We have a concern that these photographs do not get misused or if there is any foreign funding behind this incident. This should also be probed if this act intended to stir communal tensions,” read the FIR.
The accused have been booked under Sections 153-A, 295 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code.
The Uttar Pradesh Police have stationed additional force in the area to prevent any untoward incident.
Police said that the case was filed after two individuals identified as Mukesh Goswami and Shivhari Goswami submitted a police complaint.
Reports say that a case has been lodged against them under sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295 (destruction, damage, or defilement of a place of worship or an object held sacred, with intent to insult the religion of a class of persons), and 505 (intent to incite, or which is likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community).
Police said that additional force has been deployed in the vicinity to prevent any untoward incident.