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Three people were detained in Gujarat for defacing contentious temple paintings

<p>According to authorities, three people have been detained for allegedly participating in the vandalism and defacing of the murals at a temple in Gujarat’s Botad region.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-158788″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-three-people-were-detained-in-gujarat-for-defacing-contentious-temple-paintings-arrest-istock-1-2-11zon-750×500.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com three people were detained in gujarat for defacing contentious temple paintings arrest istock 1 2 11zon” width=”1070″ height=”713″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-three-people-were-detained-in-gujarat-for-defacing-contentious-temple-paintings-arrest-istock-1-2-11zon-750×500.jpg 750w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-three-people-were-detained-in-gujarat-for-defacing-contentious-temple-paintings-arrest-istock-1-2-11zon-1024×683.jpg 1024w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-three-people-were-detained-in-gujarat-for-defacing-contentious-temple-paintings-arrest-istock-1-2-11zon-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-three-people-were-detained-in-gujarat-for-defacing-contentious-temple-paintings-arrest-istock-1-2-11zon-150×100.jpg 150w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-three-people-were-detained-in-gujarat-for-defacing-contentious-temple-paintings-arrest-istock-1-2-11zon.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 1070px) 100vw, 1070px” title=”Three people were detained in Gujarat for defacing contentious temple paintings 21″></p>
<p>According to the official, the paintings showed Lord Hanuman bowed down before Sahajanand Swami, a saint from the Swaminarayan order.</p>
<p>Harshad Gadhvi, one of the accused, was seen in a video that went viral.</p>
<p>Gadhvi may be seen in the video damaging the Salangpur temple paintings. Jaisinh Bharwad and Baldev Bharwad, two of his colleagues, were with him, according to Superintendent of Police Kishor Baloliya.</p>
<p>The temple’s administrators has erected an enormous 54-foot statue of Lord Hanuman on its grounds. Murals on the pedestal’s wall that showed Lord Hanuman bowing down to Sahajanand Swami caused controversy. Sahajanand Swami (1781–1830), the leader of the Swaminarayan sect, is referred to as Lord Swaminarayan.</p>
<p>According to preliminary findings, Gadhvi may have broken through the barriers around the statue and used a large rod to damage and deface the paintings.</p>
<p>According to representatives from the Barwala police station, all three suspects were detained on Saturday night under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 295 (A) (outraging religious feelings), 153 (A) (promoting hostility between different religious groups), 506 (2) (criminal intimidation), and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy).</p>
<p>Shortly after Hindu religious leaders voiced their worries over the divisive artwork, this occurrence had place. Stricter controls and increased security have been implemented in the area around the shrine.</p>
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