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Muslim boy badly beaten for drinking water from temple in India

The boy had entered the temple to drink water when he was spotted by the temple’s caretaker, Shringi Nandan Yadav, 23.

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A Muslim boy was badly beaten on Thursday in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh India for drinking water from the Hindu temple.

The boy had entered the temple to drink water when he was spotted by the temple’s caretaker, Shringi Nandan Yadav, 23. The family protested against religious extremists vehemently beating the boy.

 

“My son stopped to drink water from a tap located inside the temple as he was thirsty. He was beaten up after they asked about his identity. He suffered a head injury,” said the father of the boy. The family added that usually, the boy does not go to the temple as he has been advised to stay away.

“He was badly beaten up and humiliated. Does water have a religion? I don’t think there is any religion that can refuse water to a thirsty person,” he said while speaking to the Indian publication, Indian Express.

The family added that the temple was open to people previously but this has changed now. They hope authorities will give justice to the boy.

The Police have taken notice of the incident and arrested the main accused Yadav and another caretaker, Shivanand Saraswati, who had shot the video. The video had been making rounds on social media since Friday.

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Ghaziabad Police says the main accused has been arrested soon after the video went viral.

SSP Kalanidhi Naithani while talking to The Indian Express said: “Any person found indulging in anti-social activities will face strict action by the police.”

Police said Yadav has been staying in the temple for the past three months. He hails from Bihar and was shifted to Ghaziabad six months ago.

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He was doing voluntary service at the Dasna Devi temple. The management of the temple has claimed full responsibility for the incident and says that they will provide all sorts of legal aid to Yadav who has been working here as an IT expert after losing his job due to a pandemic.

The management of the temple defended Yadav as the ‘good man’, adding that boy was not alone.  “There is a conspiracy; that boy was not alone,” said the management of the temple. The incident is being used to stoke tensions between the communities says the management of the temple.