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Delhi: Sai Baba devotees file complaint after idol ‘dislodged’ from Shahpur Jat temple

Devotees of Sai Baba filed a police grievance in opposition to the “dislodging” of his idol from a temple in South Delhi’s Shahpur Jat within the final week of March.

DCP South, Atul Kumar Thakur, stated, “A couple of Sai Baba devotees from throughout town filed a grievance stating that their sentiments have been harm by the removing. We’re trying into the matter.”

The idol was faraway from the Purana Shiv Mandir in Shahpur Jat on March 25. A brand new Ganesh idol has changed it.

Whereas the temple committee members stated the idol was taken down as a result of it was outdated, a video surfaced which purportedly reveals staff making an attempt to take the idol down, whereas a person directing them factors to the idol and says, “He was no God, he died in 1918, he was a Muslim…”

DCP Thakur stated they’ve seen the video and had been “inquiring into the matter”.

The person was recognized by locals as Padam Panwar, a temple committee member, who stays close by. Talking to The Indian The Press Reporter, Panwar claimed, “The idol was taken down as a result of it was outdated. It’s a custom within the Hindu faith to take down idols after they turn out to be outdated. The temple is being reconstructed. As soon as the brand new half of the temple is prepared, we may have a gathering and take a name on whether or not a brand new Sai Baba idol will probably be arrange or not.”

Concerning his remark within the video, he stated, “I didn’t say something of that kind. If there’s any video, it’s pretend…”

One other temple committee member, Bharat Panwar, stated: “The Sai Baba idol was positioned right here in 2009… For now, a Ganesh idol has been arrange and the Sai Baba idol has been eliminated… All selections by the temple committee are taken bearing the residents’ needs in thoughts and no resident had any grievance.”

The grievance filed on March 31 and addressed to the SHO, Hauz Khas, reads, “A couple of individuals got here in and broke the idol of Shri Sai Baba whereas saying the idol must be eliminated as he isn’t a Hindu god however belongs to Muslims. We request you to kindly take motion in opposition to the culprits who carried out this heinous crime as this hurts the emotions of people that imagine in Sai Baba. We request you to make sure the restoration of Baba’s idol in the identical temple premises as quickly as attainable.”

Sunil Sareen, a resident of Vasant Kunj and one of many complainants, stated, “The idol was damaged. We despatched police proof, which incorporates movies of the individuals…”

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