Hindu Temple Demolished in Pakistan: A 150-year-old Hindu temple was demolished in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province of Pakistan, calling it an old and dangerous structure. After the demolition of the temple, the people of the Hindu community living in the area are in panic.
The Mari Mata Temple located in Soldier Bazaar of Karachi was demolished with the help of bulldozers late on Friday (July 14) in the presence of heavy police force. Ramnath Mishra Maharaj, caretaker of Hindu temples in the area, said, “The temple was demolished late at night by the authorities and we had no idea that this was going to happen.”
danger of buried treasure
Ramnath Mishra said that the authorities kept the outer walls and main gate of the temple intact but they demolished the entire structure inside. He said that the temple was built about 150 years ago and it was said that the treasure was buried in the courtyard of the temple.
tried for years
Mishra said that the temple was built in an area of 400 to 500 square yards and for years, efforts were being made to grab the land of the temple. A senior police officer from the local police station said the temple was demolished as it was declared a dangerous structure by the authorities.
the idols were kept in another room
Police said the temple was run by Karachi’s Madrasi Hindu community and they agreed that the structure was very old and dangerous. With a heavy heart, the temple management has shifted the idols of the deities to a smaller room.
Hindu community appealed to take cognizance
Ramesh, a local leader of the Hindu community, said the temple management was under pressure to vacate the premises for some time as the temple land was sold to a ‘developer’ on the basis of forged documents. He wants to build a commercial building on the temple land. The Hindu community has appealed to the Pakistan-Hindu Council, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and the Inspector General of Sindh Police to take immediate cognizance of the matter.
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