The vandalization of the murti of Bhagwan Hanuman was reported from Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Varanasi. Miscreants broke into a Hanuman Mandir located in Narapatpur village of Varanasi District’s Chairaigaon Block in the early hours (at around 3 AM) of Monday (February 6) morning.
They also desecrated a Shivling, Trishul, and Nandi murti, in addition to breaking and looting the donation box. The Varanasi police have assured that the murtis would be restored and the culprits brought to book.
In addition to breaking the Hanuman murti kept in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum, the Shivling was said to be missing. The Nandi murti and the Trishul were uprooted, vandalised and strewn around the floor.
It was local villager Sitaram Yadav who first noticed the vandalization when he visited the Mandir. Soon other devotees gathered at the temple and informed the police. On receiving the information, Chaubepur police station in-charge Rajesh Singh reached the spot with a heavy police force. They launched an investigation into the matter and collected CCTV footage to identify the miscreants. They also pacified the gathered angry locals who protested against the vandalization. The police said they would restore the murtis in the same place and punish the culprits.
“During the investigation, it was also found that the miscreants took away the money from the donation box. “The miscreants will be identified based on CCTV footage. The idols will be installed in the temple with immediate effect. Search is on to arrest the miscreants,” Rajesh Singh said.
Varuna Zone DCP confirmed action on the matter on Twitter. “A case has been registered in the matter under relevant sections of the IPC at Choubepur police station. Further investigation is ongoing”, the tweet said.
ACP (Assistant Commissioner of Police) Atul Anjan Tripathi who reached the temple informed reporters that the locals have been assured of action against those who indulged in the misdeed. Furthermore, he said police have started a probe on the basis of a complaint by local resident Radheshyam.
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