Four days after the attack on a church, an idol of Goddess Parvati was found damaged and five silver crowns stolen from the Jageshwar Nath Mahadev temple in Lohamandi police station area of Agra on Monday evening.
The complainant in the case, who lives near the temple, claimed to have seen a group of minor boys running out of the temple campus before the act of vandalism was discovered.
Tension prevailed in the area as people assembled at the temple at Syed Bada locality, which has a mixed population of Muslims and Hindus. Heavy police deployment was made in the area.
DIG, Agra Range, Luxmi Singh said that the damaged idol, which was around one-and-a-half feet, was replaced with a new one with all rituals on Tuesday morning. He said the situation was under control.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Salman Taj said that police force has been deployed in the area to maintain peace. The new idol was purchased with the consent of locals who accompanied the police to the market, he added.
Lohamandi police station SHO Indrajeet Singh said that the complainant claimed that he saw three children aged between 8 and 10 running out of the temple. He informed the priest and they went inside to find the idol damaged.
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