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Neo-Buddhist radicals climb atop Hindu temple and throw away saffron flag: Farrukhabad, UP

Persons believed to be neo-Buddhist radicals are alleged to have climbed atop a Hindu temple and torn down the saffron flag while raising chants of “baudh dharm ki jai jaikar” (glory to Buddhism). The incident is said to have occurred in Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Farukkhabad on October 20.

The radicals can be seen in the video replacing the torn-down saffron flag with the Buddhist one while raising the slogans.

Tension prevailed in Sansika village in Farrukhabad district after two persons were injured in a scuffle between two groups during the Dhamma Yatra, police said. The incident happened on Wednesday (October 20) and the police had to use mild force to disperse the mob.

During the yatra on the second day of the Buddha Festival on Sharad Purnima, followers of Lord Buddha put up a flag on the stupa at Sankisa, a pilgrimage site in the district. Irked over this, the other group belonging to the Sanatan sect started shouting slogans in protest. Both the groups resorted to stone-pelting. The police rushed to the spot and had to use mild force to disperse the mob.

In the ensuing melee, two persons, Ajay Kumar and Lakhan Srivastava suffered injuries. Angry over this, people blocked the main road and demanded action in the matter. After being persuaded by the officials, the villagers lifted the road blockade. Later, Superintendent of Police (SP) Ashok Kumar Meena also reached the spot and pacified the agitators.

Meanwhile, in view of the tension, an additional police force was called in from the neighboring Mainpuri district and deployed in the village. The police have started zeroing in on the trouble-makers. The SP said, “Situation is under control as of now and we are keeping a close watch on the situation.”

According to sources, the Buddhist followers claim it to be a Buddhist stupa at the religious site located in Sankisa, while the followers of Hindu Dharma claim it to be an ancient temple of Goddess Bisari Devi. A murti of Bhagwan Hanuman is also installed at this religious site. For about 40 years, a case between the Buddhists and Hindu followers has been pending in the court regarding the claim on this religious place.

In another video said to be from Kannauj’s Indragadh shared by Sudarshan News UP, a man is seen burning posters of Maa Kali, Bhagwan Vishnu, and Prabhu Sri Ram saying he’s doing it to ‘save’ the future generations from ‘hypocrisy’ (pakhand). “This is Ram, a king who has been elevated to the status of a God by Brahmins”, he says. He goes on to express ‘joy’ at the act of burning the posters of Hindu deities.

(Featured Image Source: safarjankari.com)

(With IANS inputs)

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