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Shiva temple in Rajasthan razed, sparking protests

During the demolitions, officials went near the deities, wearing shoes, and used a cutter machine to remove the murtis in Sarai Mohalla of District Alwar

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In what appeared like the Rajasthan Congress government acting on behalf of the global jihad cabal, the civic administration of Alwar has razed a 300-year-old temple in the Sarai Mohalla area, leading to a police complaint filed against the executive officer (EO) of the nagar panchayat, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) and the Rajgarh MLA of the municipality. Sharing a video of the incident, BJP leader Amit Malviya tweeted, attacking the state’s government. He tweeted, “Shedding tears on Karauli and Jahangirpuri and hurting the faith of Hindus — this is the secularism of Congress.”

In another tweet, Malviya wrote, “On 18 April, without issuing any notice, the administration ran bulldozers over the pucca houses and shops of 85 Hindus in Rajgarh town of Rajasthan.

While the incident appeared like INC’s retaliation to the demolition drive affecting rioting Muslim properties in BJP-ruled states and Delhi, Rajasthan minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said the BJP’s claim was a lie. He alleged that the chairman of Rajgarh Urban Bodies Board, who is a BJP member, proposed to demolish the temples and houses.

Khachariyawas alleged that the temple was demolished at the chairman’s behest while a Rajasthan Congress MLA had opposed the decision of demolition.

Khachariyawas also promised that the temple would be rebuilt if there are no legal impediments.

On 6 April, the municipality had issued notices to 86 people for the removal of encroachments in Sarai Mohalla.

When the locals approached Rajgarh MLA Johri Lal Meena, he said the people had elected a board of BJP workers, which was why the demolition was happening.

The civic authority allegedly demolished three temples in Rajgarh of Alwar, despite locals protesting against it. The murtis of Shiva, Hanuman and other deities installed at these temples were damaged in the process.

During the demolitions, officials went near the deities, wearing shoes, and used a cutter machine to remove the murtis.

Following the incident, Hindu organisations filed a written complaint with police accusing Rajgarh MLA Johri Lal Meena, SDM Keshav Kumar Meena and Municipal EO Banwari Lal Meena of inciting riots. However, an FIR has not been registered yet.

The members of the organisations above reached the police station in Rajgarh to protest and demand that an FIR be registered in connection with the incident.

To handle the dispute, Superintendent of Police Tejaswini Gautam said he would meet locals on Friday. He said that the whole matter would be discussed with other police officers.

The demolition of the 300-year-old temple came to days after communal violence was reported in Karauli of Rajasthan and Jahangirpuri of Delhi.

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