UP: 9 booked for spreading rumours about Kashi Vishwanath temple

Giving a clarification, the temple administration said no fee was being charged from devotees for 'sparsh darshan'.

Varanasi: A case has been registered against nine persons for allegedly spreading rumours that the Kashi Vishwanath (KV) temple administration was charging a fee for ‘sparsh darshan’ of the presiding deity.

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The police spokesman said that an FIR has been lodged under sections 153-A (disturbing communal harmony), 295 (insulting religion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, and the relevant sections of the IT Act on the basis of a complaint filed by temple official Arvind Shukla.

According to the complainant, a few persons visited the temple on March 2, a day before ‘Rangbhari Ekadashi’.

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As one of them, Ajay Sharma, donated Rs 500 to the temple, he was given a donation slip at the temple’s counter located on the premises of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust, a police official said.

A picture of the slip was posted on a social media platform, which was shared multiple times, thus creating the rumour, the complainant said.

Giving a clarification, the temple administration said no fee was being charged from devotees for ‘sparsh darshan’.

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