Some miscreants reportedly set ablaze the main gate of Chowkhang Vihara Buddhist monastery in Leh town in Ladakh yesterday. The incident that happened at the night of 10th July has increased tensions in the area.
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The Chowkhang Vihara is a 20th-century monastery located inside the main market in Leh. Accessible through a relatively small gate in the market, the monastery offers a completely contrasting view with its large courtyard.
According to a report by India Today, the gate of the Ladakh Buddhist Association was also set on fire. The Ladakh Buddhist Association had demanded strict action against the culprits. So far the police have arrested one youth in relation to the incident who has been sent in custody. The investigation in the matter is going on.
According to police, the fire brigade acted swiftly to douse the fire but the gate has been damaged almost completely. One accused in the incident was also arrested by last night itself.
Condemning the incident, the Ladakh Buddhist Association urged people not to spread the incident on social media as the culprit has been already arrested. The association expressed the suspicion that there could be a conspiracy behind the incident to disturb the peace in the area.