Rayagada Youth Arrested For Damaging, Burning Pictures Of Hindu Deities

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Rayagada: Police on Tuesday arrested a youth on charges of damaging photos of Hindu deities, setting them on the blaze and later circulating a video of the act on social media.

The matter came to light after some locals lodged a complaint at the police station against one Agasti Gareda and his associates for desecrating Hindu deities.

Based on the complaint, police arrested Agasti and launched a manhunt to trace the other accused persons who are reportedly absconding.

Agasti along with few other youths first worshipped the picture of Dr BR Ambedkar and later burnt the pictures of Hindu deities, added sources.

Rayagada Superintendent of Police (SP) Sarbana Vivek M said, “A case has been registered and the main accused who was seen inciting others for communal violence has been arrested.”

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