The Srinagar Police has refuted claims floating on social media about arson at a temple within the metropolis. The police stated that an unknown anti-social miscreant had put with prison intention a “baseless” publish relating to an alleged act of arson at Arya Samaj Temple at Motiyar Rainawari. The Srinagar Police stated that the temple was protected and intact. No act of arson occurred on the stated temple, the town police stated.
Police officers stated that the accused used provocative language whereas posting “falsehood to promote enmity between different religious groups and cause prejudice to religious harmony within and outside the district”.
*Srinagar Police takes cognizance of a social media publish aiming at spreading spiritual disharmony*
— SRINAGAR POLICE (@PoliceSgr) December 14, 2020
“The deliberate act is manifestly bearing malice to cause outrage to religious feeling of Arya Samaj Hindu community and cause insult to their religious feelings and also wound religious feelings of common Hindus also within the district and elsewhere in the country and world. The said rumour/tweet is bearing potential to create feelings of enmity and hatred between religious groups,” the police stated.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered at Rainawari police station beneath sections 153, 153-A, 295-A, 298 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).