Martand Temple Attack Video Doctored,says Head Priest

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SRINAGAR: 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 newspapers from outside J&K published this ‘fake’ news while some Pandits who claim to be the messiah of the community misinformed the masses through social media,” the head priest Ashok Sodhi said.

He added that on July 9, a day after the death of popular 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.

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