Shivling destroyed in Siddheshwar temple (photo1)
Shivling destroyed in Siddheshwar temple (photo2)
Shivling destroyed in Siddheshwar temple (photo3)
Shivling destroyed in Siddheshwar temple (photo 4)
Shivling destroyed in Siddheshwar temple (photo 5)
Tiles with Lord Ganesh image destroyed (photo1)
Tiles with Lord Ganesh image destroyed (photo 2)
Lord Rakhandev Sree Krishna idol destroyed (photo1)
Lord Rakhandev Sree Krishna idol destroyed (photo 2)
PANAJI: Two temples were damaged in the twin towns of Sanvordem-Curchorem in South Goa late on Tuesday night. Unidentified persons broke "religious symbols" at the temples, situated five kilometres away from each other, said the police.
Security personnel have been deployed in the two towns that had witnessed communal riots for three days in March last year when a structure housing a madarasa was demolished.
The Magisterial inquiry which went into the Curchorem-Sanvordem communal riots held in March last year said that it was in the nature of an eruption which was precipitated due to the building up of continuous tension and strain between the two communities – Hindus and Muslims.
Conversion of faith through force or allurement has been on the rise in many parts of South Goa. Forced conversion by the believers has been causing unrest among Hindus. Last week, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) in Goa demanded strong action against people forcing conversions.
"We have pressed a platoon of India Reserve Battalion (IRB) to ensure that the situation is kept under control," Shekhar Prabhudesai, Superintendent of Police (South), said, admitting that the situation had been tense in the twin towns. "Complaints have been registered and every step is being taken to ensure that tension does not aggravate," said Prabhudesai.
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