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Delhi Temple Attack: Home minister summons Police Commissioner

New Delhi, July 3 : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday reprimanded Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik in Parliament over the clashes that started over parking a scooter in Delhi’s Chawri Bazaar led to the vandalising of a temple in Hauz Qazi area which in turn snowballed into a communal controversy on social media.

Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik after meeting Home Minister Amit Shah over incident told media, ” I have briefed him about the situation here. Things are now normal in the Hauz Qazi area. Four persons, including a minor, have been arrested in the case. Security personnel were deployed in the area after tensions heightened.”

Police arrested two and apprehended a minor on vandalism charges.

Patnaik was summoned by the Home Minister over the incident which was triggered by an argument over parking and led to violence and vandalisation of a temple in the area of Chandi Chowk on June 30.

The Delhi Police has registered three FIRs in this case – two cross FIRs, one lodged by each community, and one for vandalising the temple.

A public interest litigation (PIL) was moved in Delhi High Court on Wednesday in the wake of the incident.

The petitioner, advocate Alakh Alok Shrivastava, sought the constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT), duly monitored by Court, to thoroughly investigate the matter.

Bharatiya Janata Party supporters, including party leaders like MLA Kapil Mishra and BJP Delhi’s IT and social media cell head Punit Agarwal, shared several tweets fanning communal tension online over the vandalism incident.

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