SRINAGAR: The head priest of Hindu Martand Temple in Mattan area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday refuted the news reports that temple was attacked by stone-pelters, saying that some hate-mongers, especially from Kashmir Pandit community, were hell-bent on adding fuel to the fire.
A video was being circulated on social media showing some youths pelting stones at the 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 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 local news agency CNS.
He added that on July 9, a day after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani, clashes erupted outside the temple between protesters and CRPF, but the 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,” Sodhi said.
Meanwhile, former army commander Syed Ata Hasnain also confirmed that the video was doctored.
“Those spreading rumor on attack on Martand Temple take heed, no such thing happened. Media sources from Valley confirming. Disinfo [disinformation] campaign,” he tweeted.