- The youth took a selfie on the 'peeta' of Shanthalinga Shivacharya Swamiji IV.
- Before handing over the boy to the police, devotees severely trashed the youth.
Jagaluru town of Davanagere district has become tense after Haris Khan (21), a Muslim youth residing in Bilichodu village, sat on the religious 'throne' of Shanthalinga Shivacharya Swamiji IV of Kanvakuppe Gavimatha.
Haris Khan had taken a selfie sitting on the throne of Kanvakuppe Gavimatha and uploaded the photo on Facebook and Whatsapp.
Kanvakuppe Gavimatha is a branch of the Ujjain Peeth of Veerashaiva Panchapeetha. The devotees of Gavimatha have filed a complaint in Jagaluru Police station. In the complaint, they claimed that the youth sat on the throne when no one was present.
Before handing over the boy to the police station, the devotees severely trashed the youth, who has been admitted to the government hospital.
He uploaded the photo on his Facebook with the status - "Weapons are just for show, my name is enough to threaten!" (Hum Hathiyar Tu Sirf Shauk Ke Liye Rakhte Hai; Kauf Ke Liye Bas Naam Hi Kaafi Hai).
"The holy Peetha has its own sanctity. That youth should not have sat on the Peetha. This shows his ignorance. Forgiveness is the greatest value of Hinduism. We should not allow for any riots. Let us pardon him", Shanthalinga Shivacharya Swamiji IV.
Shanthalinga Shivacharya Swamiji IV, the pontiff of Gavimatha, is currently on a pilgrimage in Kedarnath.
Thousands of devotees had gathered near the police station as soon as the viral news across the city and urged the police to exile the boy from the city.
Pandurangaiah, DySP, stated that the investigation is ongoing. As a precautionary measure, the police have deputed additional force to maintain law & order and communal harmony.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:01 PM IST