Communal tension had erupted in Aligarh today after a Hanuman statue was found broken by unknown elements last night. According to reports, a statue of Hanuman placed at the Gandhi park near the bus stop was found broken last night.
Hearing about the incident, workers of the Bajrang Dal reached the spot and held a protest against the desecration of the statue. Talking to media, Dal leader Gaurav Sharma said that when few Bajrang Dal workers had reached the park last night after hearing about the incident, the night guard posted at the park informed them that Muslims have broken the statue. He added that they have video of the statement given by the guard, which will be handed over to the police.
Sharma asked how the statue was broken when there are CCTV cameras at the park and the police station is located nearby, and why nobody is caught by police so far. He added that if a mosque was vandalised, the entire city would have been burning. The Bajrang Dal leader also alleged that women are regularly harassed the park by ‘messengers of peace’.
An argument also took place between police and workers of Bajrang Dal and other Hindu organisations. To calm down the situation, the police immediately got a new statue and placed it at the park. Police said that they will install a gate at the park and will ensure that such an incident is not repeated in future.