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NASHIK: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Friday began a probe into the alleged attempt by a group of Muslims to force their way into the famous Trimbakeshwar temple in Maharashtra’s Nashik district.

SIT chief Sukhwinder Singh visited the Shiva temple, one of 12 `jyotirlingas’ in the country, examined relevant CCTV camera footage and met the temple’s trustees.

A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered  on a complaint lodged by a temple official against four persons under section 295 (injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult a religion) of the Indian Penal Code after the May 13 incident.

“I met some people and will meet some more people. I will listen to their views, see related documents and accordingly a decision will be taken,” Singh told reporters here.

Earlier this week, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered the setting up of an SIT to probe the incident.

Police had said that the group that arrived at the entrance of the temple on the night of May 13 included local people. Prima facie, they requested temple authorities to allow them to perform the ritual of offering `dhoop’ (incense) to the deity from the entrance steps as per a decades-old tradition.

As I said yesterday, anyone who tries to disturb the law and order situation in Maharashtra will not be spared !These are deliberate attempts and it will not be tolerated at all.Our Police were and are on alert mode 24×7 !#Maharashtra #Trimbakeshwar https://t.co/r6ZezVyfKh pic.twitter.com/TW3GmEMHxV
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 16, 2023
The temple guards, however, stopped them, leading to a row.

Subsequently, some Hindu organisations demanded that action be taken against the group for trying to enter the temple, claiming that non-Hindus are not allowed to enter it.

Members of the Sakal Hindu Samaj also sprinkled `gomutra’ (cow urine) on the steps as a `purification’ ritual.

Meanwhile, in an interview with a news channel, a devotee at the nearby Gulab Shah Wali Dargah said that in view of the controversy, the tradition of offering incense will be stopped next year.

NASHIK: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Friday began a probe into the alleged attempt by a group of Muslims to force their way into the famous Trimbakeshwar temple in Maharashtra’s Nashik district.

SIT chief Sukhwinder Singh visited the Shiva temple, one of 12 `jyotirlingas’ in the country, examined relevant CCTV camera footage and met the temple’s trustees.

A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered  on a complaint lodged by a temple official against four persons under section 295 (injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult a religion) of the Indian Penal Code after the May 13 incident.googletag.cmd.push(function() {googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-8052921-2′); });

“I met some people and will meet some more people. I will listen to their views, see related documents and accordingly a decision will be taken,” Singh told reporters here.

Earlier this week, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered the setting up of an SIT to probe the incident.

Police had said that the group that arrived at the entrance of the temple on the night of May 13 included local people. Prima facie, they requested temple authorities to allow them to perform the ritual of offering `dhoop’ (incense) to the deity from the entrance steps as per a decades-old tradition.

As I said yesterday, anyone who tries to disturb the law and order situation in Maharashtra will not be spared !
These are deliberate attempts and it will not be tolerated at all.
Our Police were and are on alert mode 24×7 !#Maharashtra #Trimbakeshwar https://t.co/r6ZezVyfKh pic.twitter.com/TW3GmEMHxV
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 16, 2023
The temple guards, however, stopped them, leading to a row.

Subsequently, some Hindu organisations demanded that action be taken against the group for trying to enter the temple, claiming that non-Hindus are not allowed to enter it.

Members of the Sakal Hindu Samaj also sprinkled `gomutra’ (cow urine) on the steps as a `purification’ ritual.

Meanwhile, in an interview with a news channel, a devotee at the nearby Gulab Shah Wali Dargah said that in view of the controversy, the tradition of offering incense will be stopped next year.



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