Hindu temple attacked,
vandalised in Karachi,
violent mob assault
house of priest

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KARACHI: A Hindu temple was attacked by unidentified people in the Korangi neighbourhood of Karachi late Wednesday. The incident took place at the Korangi Number 5 area of the port city.

The Shri Mari Mata Mandir, which also houses the residence of the Hindu priest, was attacked late at night, triggering fear among members of the Hindu community.

A violent mob attacked the house of the priest and vandalised the idols. No arrests have been made by the police so far. The idols were brought by the priest a few days ago to be installed in the under-construction temple.

“We don’t know who has attacked [the temple] and why,” reports quoted a local Hindu resident as saying.

According to a complaint registered at the Korangi police station, six to eight people on motorcycles attacked the complex. “Five to six unknown suspects entered the temple and escaped after vandalising it,” said Korangi station house officer (SHO) Farooq Sanjrani.

Police said that they are collecting the evidence adding that they cordoned off the area and provided protection to the community.

According to an FIR registered at the Korangi police station, five men on motorcycles stopped by the temple late last night and inquired about the whereabouts of the pundit (caretaker).

“At that time, there were just two workers inside the temple and they were painting the walls. When they told the men attackers that the pundit wasn’t available, the suspects started pelting stones at an idol,” the complainant, Sanjeev Kumar, said. “They also threatened the workers and then fled from the crime scene,” he revealed.

Meanwhile, Korangi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Faisal Bashir Memon told Dawn.com that the temple was located inside a hall of a house in the area and renovation work was under way there.

He said that a case against the miscreants has been registered under sections 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class), 427 (Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Pictures of attack and vandalism at Hindu temple in Karachi

The police are further trying to obtain CCTV footage of the area to arrest the suspects as soon as possible, SSP Memon added.

According to an ANI report, in yet another incident of atrocity against minorities in Pakistan, a Hindu temple was attacked by some extremists in Karachi.  The Shri Mari Mata Mandir, which also houses the residence of the Hindu priest, was attacked late on Wednesday, triggering fear among the Hindu community.
A violent mob attacked the house of the priest and vandalised the idols. No arrests have been made by Pakistan police so far.

The idols were brought by the priest a few days ago to be installed in the under-construction temple. “We don’t know who has attacked and why,” The Express Tribune newspaper quoted a local Hindu resident as saying.
Eyewitnesses say six to eight individuals on motorcycles attacked the complex. “Five to six unknown suspects entered the temple and escaped after vandalising it,” said Korangi SHO Farooq Sanjrani.
Police said that they are collecting the evidence adding that they cordoned off the area and provided protection to the community.

Temples in Pakistan are often the target of mob violence. Last October, a historical temple located in Sindh’s Kotri was desecrated by unidentified people.
Activists say human rights in Pakistan records have touched a new low with several media reports and global bodies reflecting the dire situation for women, minorities, children, and media persons in the country.