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UP: ABVP members allegedly threaten to break Jain idol inside Baghpat college

The administration of Digambar Jain College in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh has accused members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, of threatening to demolish an idol and temple of a Jain goddess installed inside the campus, The Hindu reported on Thursday.

A widely shared video on social media showed a group of men, wearing saffron scarves with ABVP written on them. The group can be seen at the entrance of the temple even as police personnel tried to reason with them. They can be heard shouting “Vidyarthi Parishad zindabad” and “Bharat Mata ki jai”.

The members of the Hindutva group allegedly demanded that the idol be removed, and replaced with the statue of Saraswati, the Hindu deity of learning. A complaint was filed by the college principal, Virendra Singh, but no arrests have been made as of Thursday evening….

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