A large section of Hindus held protests in Jammu against the administration for allegedly failing to protect the religious places of the community in Kashmir after ancient Bargheshekha Bhagwati Mata Temple was vandalised by miscreants in District Anantnag.
Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandit migrants, activists of the Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, Dogra Front and several other organisations demonstrated at various places in the city, demanding that the culprits be brought to justice. Those participating in the protests demanded protection of the religious places of the Hindus in the Valley.
“We demand security around all temples in Kashmir. If our temples are not protected and our people are not safe in the Valley, how will KPs return to their homeland? The government has failed to protect our temples,” said Sohan Lal of the Jagti camp.
Police had on 2 October registered a case after the temple was allegedly desecrated in Anantnag district, officials said.
Senior officials of the police and civil administration visited the Bargheshekha Bhagwati Mata Temple in the Mattan area of the south Kashmir district for an on-the-spot inquiry, they said.
Anantnag Deputy Commissioner Piyush Singla said the culprits would be punished and no one will be allowed to harm social and communal harmony.
“We want all temples to be protected. The government is unconcerned about the incident,” said Bajrang Dal activist Rakesh Kumar.
The Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust (PNBMT) condemned the incident and demanded the arrest of the culprits.
The police have registered an FIR after Muslim suspects desecrated a temple in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said. The incident reportedly took place in Bargheshekha Bhagwati Mata temple at the Mattan area in Anantnag.
Following the protests, a team of policemen, including senior officers, reached the spot for an inquiry headed by Anantnag Deputy Commissioner Dr Piyush Singla on 2 October. Informing the media that an investigation was underway, he said that the culprits would be penalised as per the law.
“Such immoral and illegal acts will not be tolerated and the culprits will be penalised as per relevant provisions of the law. Nobody will be allowed to harm or disrupt the social and communal harmony in society,” the deputy commissioner said.