Communalism

Communal Tensions in Uttarakhand Town After Facebook Post on Kedarnath Shrine

Activists of right-wing organisations vandalised a vegetable shop owned by the family of a minor who had allegedly posted an “offensive” picture of the Kedarnath shrine on Facebook.

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The Kedarnath shrine. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi: Communal tension erupted in Uttarakhand’s Satpuli on Sunday when activists of Bajrang Dal and other right-wing organisations vandalised a vegetable shop owned by the family of a minor who had allegedly posted an “offensive” picture of the Kedarnath shrine on Facebook.

The situation in Satpuli town of the Pauri Garhwal district remained tense throughout Sunday afternoon, till the police reached the spot to keep the situation under control.

Police reported that additional forces were sent to the town to prevent any further violence.

Quoting eyewitnesses, Hindustan Times quoted a Bajrang Dal worker as vowing to continue the protest until the ‘culprit’ is arrested. Another eyewitness told Hindustan Times that several right-wing activists burnt vegetable boxes in the shop while shouting pro-Hindu slogans.

An FIR was filed against the boy in the Satpuli police station by a man named Jagdamba Dangwal.

According to the Indian Express, the FIR was was filed under Section 295 (a) of the IPC (for a deliberate act to outrage religious feelings) and Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act (for “offensive” post online), station officer of Satpuli police station Rakender Kathait said.

Pauri superintendent of police Jagatram Joshi, told the Indian Express, “The situation is under control. We have deployed the police in Satpuli and we shall now act on the FIR and track the minor.”

Satpuli, which has four to five Muslim families, has never faced communal tensions in the past.