Temple razed: BJP, VHP activists protest in Uttaranchal

Ashadh Shuddha Dwadashi

Haldwani (Uttaranchal): Tension continues to prevail in Haldwani’s Kamalua-ganja area a day after several angry workers of the ruling BJP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal blocked traffic for hours and damaged shops on Friday to protest the demolition of a temple. The police lathicharged the workers who were from various wings of the saffron brigade after they indulged in heavy brick batting and damaging shops in Kusumkhera area, said the SSP of Nainital District, G.S. Martolia.

"The damaged shops belonged to traders belonging to the minority community," Martolia told Hindustan Times. "The rioters came on scooters and motorcycles and began throwing stones at the shops.

They were coming from Kamaluaganja after blocking traffic for hours outside a factory premises," the SSP said. He said the rioters had organised a sit-in on the Kaladhungi-Haldwani road outside the factory in protest against the demolition of a temple.

They were demanding immediate construction of a new temple in place of the one that was demolished. "Consequently, traffic on the Kaladhungi-Haldwani road remained blocked for hours," said the SSP, adding that rioters stopped the dharna after talks with officials, during which they agreed to submit their demands to the SDM. The SSP clarified that the temple had existed within that estate before the estate owner demolished it along with the factory on Wednesday night.

However, clarifying that no one was injured in the lathicharge, the SSP said so far four men have been arrested on charges of carrying out the demolition of the temple. "The factory owner and one more person are still absconding," the SSP said.

Source: Yahoo India

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