Martand Temple ‘attack’ video doctored: Hindu head priest

Anantnag: The head priest at Hindu Martand Temple in South Kashmir’s Mattan area of Islamabad district Wednesday refuted the news reports that temple has been attacked by stone-pelters saying that some hate-mongers especially from Kashmir Pandit community are hell-bent to add fuel to the fire.

Pertinently, a video has gone viral on social media showing some youth pelting stones towards Martand Temple. “It is a doctored video. I must tell you Muslims in the area themselves protect this temple. Without verifying the authenticity of the video some Hindi news papers from outside State published this ‘fake’ news while some Pandits who claim to be the messiah of the community misinformed the country through social media,” the head priest Ashok Sodhi told Kashmir based news agency CNS.

He added that on July 9, a day after the death of Hizb Commander Burhan Wani, clashes erupted outside the temple between protesters and CRPF while temple was never attacked. “This was the sole incident that occurred outside the temple and that day protesters attacked CRPF and not the temple. The irony is that some Kashmiri Pandits took to social media and spread the wrong information about the attack on temple that never happened. The video that has gone viral is a doctored one and government should initiate inquiry about it and nab the culprits who are hell-bent to defame the Muslim population of Kashmir,” Ashok Sodhi said.

Meanwhile, former Army commnader Syed Ata Hasnain has confirmed that the video pertaining to Martand Temple attack is doctored. In his couple of tweets, Hasnain requested his followers on Twitter to not heed to the rumours which alleged that the Hindu Temple was being attacked and also underscored that the media sources from Kashmir are denying the attack. He also requested people to block or report certain people who he identified as those who are spreading hate.

“Those spreading rumor on attack on Martand Temple take heed, no such thing happened. Media sources from Valley confirming. Disinformation campaign,” Hasneen tweeted.

Meanwhile, District Magistrate Anantnag Dr Syed Abid Rasheed told CNS that they have taken the cognizance of video and an investigation has been taken up to nab the culprits.(CNS)