Communal Tension Grips Uttarakhand Town Over 'Offensive' Facebook Post On Kedarnath Shrine

Evrard Martin
Juillet 10, 2017

Dehradun (Uttarakhand), July 10: In yet another upheaval caused due to a social media post, clashes between two groups took place in Garhwal district's Satpuli town.

On Sunday morning, communal tensions gripped the small town after activists of ABVP and Bajrang Dal vandalised a vegetable shop belonging to the family of a minor boy who allegedly posted an offensive picture of the Kedarnath shrine on Facebook.

Seeing the situation's sensitivity, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and District Magistrate (DM) rushed to the troubled spot.

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.

Additional forces have been deployed in Satpuli town to prevent the situation from worsening, police said.

"They were also seen searching for the vegetable vendor who fled the area", an eyewitness told the newspaper.

Chanting pro-Hindu slogans, the members of the Hindu right wing organisation set part of the shop ablaze.

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

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

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