Team probing temple purification attacked

Villagers became angry when leaders belonging to two political parties also arrived to conduct the probe

Patna : Angry villagers on Wednesday allegedly attacked Darbhanga Divisional Commissioner Vandana Kini and zonal IG A K Ambedkar, who had gone to Madhubani district to probe whether a village temple located there was washed after the visit of Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, police said.

Two police personnel were injured in the incident.

Manjhi had told reporters on Sunday that Brahmeshwar temple located at Andhrathadi village in Madhubani was washed after his visit during assembly by-poll campaign in July this year.

Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) P K Thakur today called it a “minor incident” and said the situation was under control.  “We came to know about the incident and two police personnel received minor injuries. We have taken stock of the situation and it is under control,” Thakur told reporters.

The CM had said that Mines and Geology Minister Ramlashan Ram Raman and JD(U) MLC Vinod Kumar Singh had informed him about the purification of the temple, both of them have denied saying any such thing. Manjhi ordered a probe saying he had no confusion about the incident. The police said when the probe team of Kini and Ambedkar visited the village, the people insisted that no such incident had happened after the chief minister’s visit. They also pointed out that temple is washed daily in the morning and evening.

The villagers insisted that many government officials belonging to scheduled castes had also visited the temple but and no such incident had ever happened, the police said.

They became angry when leaders belonging to two political parties also arrived to conduct their probe, said a police officer.                 When the police personnel deployed around the temple for divisional commissioner and zonal IG’s visit tried to control the crowd, they started to pelt stones on them.

In reply to another question regarding attack on Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Minister Vinay Bihari two days ago at a cultural programme in Rohtas district, the DGP said the DM and SP of the district were present at the event and a joint report has been called from them.

“It was a serious incident. Among the arrested persons, two were caught with petrol bottles. Action will be taken after the joint report of DM and SP comes,” he said. Temple purification after CM Manjhi’s visit

A day after his claims that a temple in Bihar’s Madhubani district was washed and purified soon after his visit there for obeisance, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today ordered a probe.

Strict action will be taken if anybody is found guilty, the CM warned even as the temple priest stoutly denied allegation in this regard.

Manhi told reporters after presiding over ‘Udyami Panchayat’, that the Darbhanga Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Police (IG), Darbhanga zone, will jointly probe whether idols and premises of Parmeshwari Devi temple located in Anradhari village were washed and purified soon after his visit there for obeisance a few month ago.

On reminded that the Mines and Geology Minister Ramlashan Ram Raman and JD(U) MLC Vinod Kumar Singh have denied that the temple was cleaned after the chief minister’s visit, Manjhi said he was not in the habit of speaking lies in public.

Raman had narrated the incident to him not once, but twice after which he chose to go public to highlight bias against dalits in civil society, the chief minister said.

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