Gulbarga || THE HINDU : The Shahabad police booked 12 persons on the charge of trying to install an idol on the premises of a mosque inside Shahabad fort on Friday evening.
Addressing a press conference at police headquarters in Gulbarga, Alok Kumar, Inspector General of Police (IGP), North Eastern Range, said on Saturday that the main accused, Sheetal Jain, was allegedly an active member of Sriram Sene.
As per the police, the accused erected two small raised platforms near the mosque installed two statues defying court orders to maintain status quo. The incident created tension between two communities in the town on Friday. The police brought the situation under control on the same day by detaining around a hundred people.
Acting upon a complaint lodged by Mallikarjun, Deputy Tahashildar of Shahabad, the police registered a case under Section 295(A) of Indian Penal Code (Injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and nabbed the culprit.
“The accused took selfies with the deities that they had just installed and turned them into viral. The purpose of the act was trigger communal violence. Shahabad police have however prevented it with their timely intervention,” Mr. Alok Kumar said. He added that charges would be framed against the accused under Information Technology Act for making the selfie viral.
As per the information he provided, Sheetal Jain was facing similar charges in six similar cases pending in Shahabad court.
“There are reports that he [Sheetal Jain] has been expelled from Sriram Sene. We will verify it,” Mr. Alok Kumar said.
A cash prize of Rs. 5000 was given to Shahabad police team as a token of appreciation for their timely intervention in the case.