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Temple vandalization in national capital-6 more held; Shah meets Delhi Police chief

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 04-07-2019 05:06 IST | Created: 03-07-2019 22:14 IST
Temple vandalization in national capital-6 more held; Shah meets Delhi Police chief
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Home Minister Amit Shah was on Wednesday briefed by the Delhi Police chief on the temple vandalization in the Chawri Bazaar area here even as BJP MP Vijay Goel stoked a controversy alleging the involvement of Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain in the communal flare-up but the AAP leader denied the charge. Six more people were held in connection with the violence, which started following a quarrel over parking between two persons. With this, nine people have been held so far in connection with the incident.

Security remained tight and prayers were also offered at the vandalized temple for the first time after the incident, a day after peace marches were taken out in which local MP and Union minister Harsh Vardhan also participated. Shah had a meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik on the incident. The police chief said the situation in Chawri Bazaar's Hauz Qazi area was now normal and under control, and apprised the minister of the action taken by the force.

"We had a general briefing on the incident and we told him (Shah) that the situation is normal in the area. The briefing was about that. General action has been taken, legal action will also be taken," Patnaik told reporters in the Parliament Complex after meeting Shah, adding that CCTV footage is being analyzed and an investigation is underway. Politics over the incident continued with former Union minister Vijay Goel accusing Hussain of being involved in the vandalism of the temple, a charge refuted by the AAP leader, who also filed a police complaint against the BJP MP for his "baseless allegations".

Goel, BJP's Rajya Sabha MP and former president of the party's Delhi unit, alleged that during his visit to the Hauz Qazi area, locals told him that Hussain "deliberately" gave "communal color" to the incident. Denying the allegations, Hussain said he tried to pacify the people at the request of the police.

Reports emerged that the minister was present in the area at the time of the clash. Reacting to this, the Ballimaran MLA said police had called him to the spot as the area came under his Assembly constituency. The Congress too attacked the Centre, alleging that Shah and Delhi Police had taken no action even two days after the temple was vandalized.

Five companies of Delhi Police personnel and paramilitary forces have been deployed. All shops in the area remained functional, police said. Mandeep Singh Randhawa, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central), said a total of five persons have been arrested and four juveniles apprehended in connection with the incident.

The police on Tuesday had held three people, including one minor, in connection with the incident. Meanwhile, a PIL was also filed in the Delhi High Court, seeking an SIT probe into the alleged conspiracy behind the attack on the temple.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), duly monitored by the court, must investigate the attack on the Durga Temple and identify the real perpetrators of the crime, the petition said.


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