Four arrested for desecrating mosque in Jharkhand

Jharkhand police have arrested four people for allegedly urinating inside a mosque Telodih in Giridih. The incident took place on Navami, the ninth day of the Durga Puja celebration. 

On October 4, Sunny Raj, an employee of a multinational company reached Nayi Masjid at Khutta, Telodih. The 25-year-old was wearing short pants and forcibly entered the mosque while people were offering prayers. He then reached the pulpit in a mosque and urinated there.

His act was captured in the CCTV cameras installed inside the mosque.

“People in the mosque also caught hold of another person, Rohit Raj outside the gate with a scooter. While two other persons — Deepalok Mitra and Chandan Gupta were waiting in a four-wheeler some distance away from him,” reads the FIR.

BJP leader Babulal Marandi took to social media, asking police to investigate the incident “without any prejudice, ” and “appeasement politics” should not play a role.

Police registered FIR under IPC sections 109 (abetment of an offence), 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot), 153A(2) [Promoting enmity between two groups (offence committed in place of worship)], 295 (defiling a place of worship), 295A (outrage religious feelings), 296 (disturbing religious assembly), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention).

During a police investigation, it was revealed that Sunny Raj had attempted to enter another mosque situated along Pachamba main road to do the same but there he could not enter the mosque as people stopped him after noticing that he was wearing shorts, eNewsroom reported.