A temple in Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar was attacked by a miscreant on Thursday. The attack led to tension in the area but timely action by police prevented violence.
Hindu groups from the area caught the man and sent him to the police. The police took the attacker into custody.
The attacker is from Bulandshahr and came to the area to attend a congregation. He broke into the temple and vandalised the idols kept inside.
The police are checking if the attack was linked to the Delhi vandalism incident. There were riots in Muzaffarnagar in 2013. The police think that the incident in Khatauli could have been a conspiracy to instigate violence.
The temple priest Manoj Saini who is also BJP member saw the attack taking place. "I was cleaning the temple. The gate behind the temple is always closed. Yesterday, I heard some loud noises, I thought a monkey sneaked inside but a man was kicking at the glass in the temple. We took him to the police as we thought he was creating trouble," he said.
Local MLA from BJP said Vikram Singh Saini said, "He is not from here. Some said he was mentally ill. He should get help and be taken to a hospital in Agra. I told that to the SP and the SHO. If he is sane then there should be a strict probe in the matter. If he has done such a thing earlier then a case must be filed against him. No one will be spared if they attack any religious structure."
Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik on Friday reviewed the security in Haus Qazi area in Delhi where the temple was vandalised. He was summoned by Home Minister Amit Shah, who, as per sources, was unhappy with the speed of the action by the cops.