The suspect, Yasir Alfaz of Doda district’s Shiva village, was arrested. He also allegedly misbehaved with women while they were performing aarti at the temple. According to police, Alfaz was of “unsound mind”. He vandalized the temple following reports that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi was killed in an airstrike in Syria, sources told The Indian Express. However, some sources describe Baghdadis’s death is fake and digitally doctored.

CCTV footage of the temple’s desecration went viral on social media platforms, which worsened communal tension in the area. Hindu protesters attacked Jainpur police station in the city and set vehicles on fire on Tuesday night. They gathered outside the police station, when Alfaz’s brother Tanvir was taken into protective custody.

The crowd outside the police station demanded immediate arrest of both the youths. Some of them demanded that the accused be handed over to them. They also sought suspension of two police officers who allegedly backed the accused and abused the complainants.

While the police tried to resist their attempts to break into the police station, the protesters set ablaze three vehicles, including two buses of a police school. They threw stones at the police station as well as shops belonging to the other community. The police lobbed teargas shells to disperse them.

Reinforcements were rushed to Janipura to prevent protesters from heading towards the old city. Senior civil and police officers were camping at the police control room to monitor the situation. Jammu District Magistrate Simrandeep Singh denied reports of curfew in Janipura.

The J&K Ram Sena has called a bandh in Jammu Wednesday to protest the alleged desecration of the temple.

It is not known whether a part of Muslims believe in act of sacrileges during Ramadan!


Courtesy: The links used above, IE and CCTV India.