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Four booked for ‘defiling’ Mathura temple, 1 held

Temple caretaker Mukesh Goswami said Khan had claimed to be a Hindu and recited several shlokas from religious texts on the day they visited the temple.

Written by Avaneesh Mishra | Lucknow | Updated: November 3, 2020 2:37:07 am
On a complaint by the temple caretaker, an FIR was lodged at Barsana police station in Mathura Sunday night.

Four youths belonging to Khudai Khidmatgar, a Delhi-based organisation which claims to promote communal harmony, were booked on Sunday after two of them allegedly offered namaz at Nand Mahal temple in UP’s Mathura district last month. One of them, Faisal Khan, was arrested from Delhi on Monday.

The others have been identified as Chand Mohammed, Alok Ratan and Nilesh Gupta. They have been booked for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, defiling a place of worship and public mischief.

On a complaint by the temple caretaker, an FIR was lodged at Barsana police station in Mathura Sunday night.

“We have been informed that on October 29, four persons came from Delhi. Two of them were Muslims. The Muslim youths offered afternoon namaz inside the temple. On Sunday, some shared photos on Facebook calling it an act of harmony. The temple staff lodged a complaint and an FIR has been registered,” said SSP Gaurav Grover.

Khudai Khidmatgar spokesperson Pawan Yadav claimed that a few temple staff allowed the youths to offer namaz, but temple authorities denied this. Yadav said Khan had offered an apology if he hurt religious sentiments.

Temple caretaker Mukesh Goswami said Khan had claimed to be a Hindu and recited several shlokas from religious texts on the day they visited the temple.

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