Bulldozer Razes 300-Year-Old Shiva Temple In Rajasthan
- Rajasthan Minister Mahesh Joshi said a complaint has been registered at Rajgarh Police Station.
- Amit Malviya shared a video of the incident and launched a veiled attack on Congress.
- Pratap Singh Khachariyawas alleged the chairman of Rajgarh Urban Bodies Board to bring down the temples and houses.
Alwar: A 300-year-old Shiva temple was demolished in Sarai Mohalla in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. A complaint was filed against the Executive officer (EO) of the Nagar panchayat, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and the Rajgarh MLA of the municipality to register a case in the police station. Sharing a video of the incident on Twitter, BJP leader Amit Malviya launched a scathing attack on Congress. He said, “Shedding tears on Karauli and Jahangirpuri and hurting the faith of Hindus — this is the secularism of Congress.”
On April 6th, the municipality issued notices to 86 people over the removal of encroachments. When the locals approached Rajgarh MLA Johri Lal Meena, he said the people formed a BJP board and therefore the demolition was happening. Eventually, the authorities allegedly demolished three temples in Alwar’s Rajgarh, despite locals protesting against it. The idols of Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and other deities installed at these temples were ruined.
During the proceedings, officials went near the idols while wearing shoes and used a cutter machine to remove the idols. 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 reached the police station in Rajgarh to protest and demand that an FIR be registered in connection with the incident.
In view of the growing controversy, Superintendent of Police Tejaswini Gautam said he will meet locals on Friday. He said that the whole matter would be discussed with other police officers. The demolition of the 300-year-old Shiva temple came to light days after communal violence was reported in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri and Rajasthan’s Karauli.