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Rajasthan police lathicharge Hindus protesting against temple demolition

Shocking videos of Rajasthan police lathi-charging Hindus protesting against demolition of a temple has surfaced on social media. The administration claims that the temple was demolished following a court order allegedly because it encroached on a waterbody. Local Hindus say that the petitioner has personal interest in the concerned property.

On November 23 Sirohi district administration demolished the Hanuman temple located on Abu Road, on the basis of Rajasthan High Court’s order. Hindus protested against the demolition drive and blocked the road. Sirohi police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the crowd and continue the demolition drive. Hindus had to resort to stone pelting as they were brutally attacked by the police. As a result six cops were injured and 12 Hindus were arrested.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate(SDM) of Sirohi told media that one Kantilal Upadhyay had filed a petition in the high court in November 2018 alleging that the water pond in Satpur was encroached and Hanuman temple was built on the boundary of the pond. The court had ruled in his favour terming the temple as an encroachment and ordered its demolition on November 17 2022 and directed to file a compliance report on November 24.

The collector said that 14 bighas of the waterbody were encroached which have been removed now. We do not know how much land was ‘encroached’ by the temple. Locals allege that Kantilal Upadhyay, the petitioner, has personal interest in the land on which the temple was built. It is reported that angry locals tried to barge into his house following the demolition. More than 20 people have been arrested for protesting against the demolition and the area has been barricaded.

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