Tension in Ghaziabad area after video of temple firing

The incident, believed to be a 'show of strength' on the occasion of Dussehra, has led to tension in Masuri, which has a large population of Muslims and where communal clashes five years ago had led to six deaths.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | Ghaziabad | Published: October 2, 2017 6:00 am
Ghaziabad, ghaziabad temple firing, Ghaziabad masuri area, Dussehra, temple firing A grab from the video that has been doing the rounds

HOURS AFTER a video of at least a dozen people opening fire, apparently from the premises of a temple in Ghaziabad’s Masuri area, went viral, a police case was registered against unknown persons for breaching conditions of their arms licence.

The incident, believed to be a ‘show of strength’ on the occasion of Dussehra, has led to tension in Masuri, which has a large population of Muslims and where communal clashes five years ago had led to six deaths.

“An FIR has been registered under Section 30 of the Arms Act (punishment for contravention of licence or rule) against 25-30 unknown persons on the basis of a complaint given by a police chowki in-charge. We are going through video footage of the incident and identifying people. No person was injured but the act was a violation of the Arms Act,” said Satyendra Prakash Singh, Station House Officer, Masuri police station, Ghaziabad.

The incident allegedly took place at Dasna Devi temple — located around 4 km from the Masuri police station — between 11 am and noon on Saturday, police said. Some locals claimed similar firing on Dussehra takes place every year.

Mahant Yatinarsinganand, the caretaker of the Dasna Devi temple, said: “I have been the mahant of the temple for 12 years, and every Dussehra, people visit the temple and worship weapons. The ritual is to bring the licensed weapons to the temple, worship them, take blessings and fire two-three rounds in the air. I was present when all this happened on Saturday. This is an annual religious ritual and we have never faced any problems before. There has never been any kind of restriction from police and administration as far as this celebration is concerned. This is an ancient temple where Goddess Kali is worshipped and people offer their weapons to seek her blessings.”

The mahant alleged a conspiracy behind the FIR. “I would not want to name any other community but there is a law and order problem when other festivals are observed. Why is no action taken then?” he said.

A resident who lives near Bilal Masjid in Masuri questioned the intent behind the firing. “This area has seen communal violence in the past, and it is very sensitive. This kind of show of strength, with several rounds of bullets being fired, is aimed at increasing communal tension here,” the resident alleged.

In 2012, Masuri had seen clashes after a police station was burnt following the discovery of a desecrated copy of the Quran. In the riots that followed, six people were killed and 12 were injured.

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  1. S
    Sir kastic
    Oct 2, 2017 at 11:17 pm
    When will people start acting more sensibly
    1. D
      Oct 2, 2017 at 11:55 am
      This is a message to katwaas that even if they multiply in ppulation and get majority, they won't be able to divide India and ask for seperate land. This time Hindus are united.
      1. Faku Faking
        Oct 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm
        1. K
          Oct 2, 2017 at 6:35 pm
          120 million dalits should join with 120 million muslims to punish the barbaric Hindus who are coward thrives
        2. L
          Oct 2, 2017 at 9:55 am
          Lady VHP member firing in air with rifle show true empowerment of women
          1. K
            Oct 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm
            Go and hide under your wife petticoat You coward hindus
            1. L
              Oct 3, 2017 at 10:35 am
              That is the reason you people are most hated in the world. Always weeping and living and drinking others blood. That is your culture. You can not live in peace but in pieces, always.
            2. B
              Oct 2, 2017 at 9:04 am
              We are heading to lawless society since today our own lovely brothers are allowed like terrorist of pakistan were allowed who later started bombing Pakistan itself. Stop communal hatred and prepration for attack on others, since others may also start similar practices.
              1. Abu Fitna
                Oct 2, 2017 at 9:08 am
                Madrassa English?
              2. S
                Oct 2, 2017 at 8:02 am
                Very nice... India at its best.. The real meaning to Jai Hind is this... Now the ruling party has to put this into school books remove all the good authors and existing history being taught... We will definitely progress and completely eleminate illiteracy.... We will surely have the best developing economy.. Automatically rapes and disrespect will be taken care off too..... Places of worship are being used for this purpose now... I feel the current govt. has to be immediately dismissed and people must teach them a lesson. There is nothing else in the environment today but religious divide. Was this what was promised... Paid bloggers blotting the internet with all fake news supporting the current govt is just a smear campaign... These are just new tactics to cover people's eyes from the reality... What every education was there has been polluted and this is the environment created.... Fake patriotism and religious sentiments..everything is out for you to feel see...
                1. Abu Fitna
                  Oct 2, 2017 at 8:25 am
                  Fc uk you mate.........finding fault with everything.......we are not having the sharia anytime soon......the perfect lands are those under ISIS....ummmm......Syria and Iraq.....Why don't you migrate there mate for pure unadulterated SSSSSSlllllllllllaaaaaaaaaammmiccc life......
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