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‘Mandir was open for all before, now drinking water also crime’: Dad of thrashed UP Muslim boy

The Dasna temple bars entry of Muslims 'on the orders of Narsinghanand Saraswati', the head priest whose disciple beat up the 14-year-old Muslim boy last week.

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Dasna (Ghaziabad): ‘Ye mandir Hinduon ka pavitra sthal hai, yahan Musalmanon ka pravesh varjit hai (This temple is a holy place for Hindus, Muslims’ entry is forbidden)’. This is what the board outside Dasna Devi Mandir in Ghaziabad states, by order of Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, its mahant or head priest.

This Thursday, a 14-year-old Muslim boy was beaten up by a sevak of the mandir and a disciple of Narsinghanand Saraswati, and a video of the assault went viral. The boy’s ‘crime’? He went into the ‘forbidden’ territory of the mandir to drink water, missing the strong warning on the temple’s board.

Sevak Shringi Nandan Yadav, as the video purportedly shows, slapped the boy, repeatedly kicked him in the genitals, twisted his arms and banged them on the ground — allegedly right after he revealed his Muslim identity by stating his own name and his father’s. All the while, Yadav’s associate Shivanand shot the video.

After the video went viral, the Ghaziabad police took cognisance and arrested Yadav and Shivanand, having lodged an FIR under IPC sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 505 (statements conducing public mischief), 323 (causing hurt) and 352 (assault). They have been sent to 14-day judicial custody.

“The main accused — Yadav — was arrested immediately after the incident. His accomplice who recorded the video of the assault was arrested a couple of hours later. Yadav is from Bihar and came here about six months ago. He is the chela (disciple) of Mahant Yati. Shivanand is from Delhi,” Ghaziabad Superintendent of Police (Rural) Iraj Raja told ThePrint, adding that this is the first criminal complaint registered against either of the accused.

The board outside the Dasna Devi Mandir 'forbids' the entry of Muslims, 'by order of' its head priest, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
The board outside the Dasna Devi Mandir ‘forbids’ the entry of Muslims, ‘by order of’ its head priest, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

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Not the first instance

Speaking to ThePrint, the boy’s father, a construction labourer, said: “He was in the area and felt thirsty. He missed the warning sign; he is illiterate. He saw the tap and started drinking water there. When he came home running, we got scared seeing his bloodied skull.”

The family stays in a one-room house in Dasna, about a kilometre from the temple. “The mandir was open for all before, but things have deteriorated now. We are treated like untouchables by the priest and his disciples. Drinking water is also a crime now. My son isn’t the first one who has got thrashed by them,” he alleged.

The boy told ThePrint: “I just drank water there, and when I was about to leave, Yadav twisted my hand and pulled me inside the premises, asked Shivanand to shoot the video. I will never go that side ever again.”

The video was posted on an Instagram account (now taken down) called Hindu Ekta Sangh, allegedly operated by people known to the accused. The act of thrashing the child was glorified — ‘mulle ko napunsak bana diya (a Muslim man has been neutered)’, the channel proclaimed.

In another video, Shringi Nandan Yadav can be seen harassing a man. The caption reads: ‘mullo ki pitaai’. He is also seen threatening another youth at knife-point, calling him a “Bangladeshi infiltrator”.

Shah Alam, a Muslim resident of Dasna, also alleged that while this case has made the headlines, it isn’t the first time that people have been beaten up like this. “Things have deteriorated over the last 5-6 years,” Alam said.

The police, however, said no such case was registered in the past.

Narsinghanand’s influence & the hate ecosystem 

Yadav had come all the way from Bhagalpur in Bihar to work at this mandir and live as a disciple of Narsinghanand — a serial “troublemaker“. He had threatened an onslaught against Muslims after Right-wing politician Kamlesh Tiwari’s murder in 2019, and also on 22 February 2020, a day before the riots in neighbouring north-east Delhi.

For his devotees, like Hindutva leader Ragini Tiwari, however, he is a “dharm yoddha (warrior of faith)”. Narsinghanand has time and again stressed the need for a population control law for Muslims.

ThePrint reached Narsinghanand over the phone for a comment but he refused to speak.

Yadav’s Facebook page is a microcosm of Narsinghanand’s influence on him —teachings of the priest that he espouses include posts on how Muslims are increasing their population and outnumbering Hindus and how/why ‘jihad’ needs to be stopped. He has also shared posts calling to “punish” women who befriend men from other communities.

On social media, he has posted several photos holding knives, guns and other weapons.

The mandir’s devotees say Muslims have “destroyed Dasna”. On why a Muslim cannot enter the temple, devotee Umesh Pandey said: “Muslims have no control, they are impure. This area is Muslim dominated and they have made it filthy; we don’t want them to make the temple impure now.”

Pandey also said he “slapped” two young Muslim boys Friday because he “suspected” they were stealing something from a nearby hospital. ThePrint spoke to six devotees who are regulars at the temple, and all of them echoed similar sentiments and said the boy shouldn’t have entered, and that Yadav was not at fault by beating him up.

Madan Lal, another devotee, said: “The country needs a population control law, else Hindus have to start giving birth more often. We are already outnumbered, what will we do if there is a battle tomorrow?”

Ashok Kumar added: “Guruji is right, why let them enter everywhere? They look at our women, they have taken over the country. There is a tubewell outside, why did the boy not drink water there? Of course his behaviour was insulting to us.”

Shazan, a local resident, recalled that his Hindu friends in school used to visit the Dasna Mandir. “They would tell us that the priest would give them arms training in the evening. Now they don’t speak to us,” the 18-year-old said.

Shazan showed a Facebook account of one of his former schoolmates, who is a devotee. The account is filled with abuses against Muslims.

Another former schoolmate of Shazan’s, who spoke to ThePrint over the phone and didn’t wish to be named, said: “Mahantji would hold arms training classes before, I would attend after school, but now my family has moved out of Dasna.”

In 2017, an Arms Act case was filed after several of Narsinghanand’s followers allegedly fired gunshots in the air during Dussehra.

SP (Rural) Iraj Raja, however, said: “We aren’t aware of arms training inside the mandir, can’t comment on the allegations.”


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37 COMMENTS

  1. Fake Media !! Fake injury !! Fake news like every Muslim / Congress/ Communist news
    Is 14 yr old jeehadi blind along with uneducated unable to see hand pump infront of Mandir & other drinking water source nearby ?

    • According to the Mahant the boy was found peeing on the shivling. He should have be thrashed some more

  2. What his father said has to the headline of the article , why could it not be what the priest of tem temple is telling ? Arguement of he is a kid won’t hold good as kids blocking the road and reading prayers . Why be biased unless you have a motive or on a payroll . The article game from domestic to International media is visible we aren’t blind. Don’t worry we know whom to vote to stop this nonsense.

  3. What his father said has to the headline of the article , why could it not be what the priest of tem temple is telling ? Arguement of he is a kid won’t hold good as kids blocking the road and reading prayers . Why be biased unless you have a motive or on a payroll . The article game from domestic to International media is visible we aren’t blind. Don’t worry we know whom to vote to stop this nonsense.

  4. When Tomar was killed.. police cited local issues a reason behind the killing of BS Tomar, sources have said that since Tomar favoured one community, he was given death threats from the supporters of other community…. Here theory is different..

  5. Hahahaha ….beaten on water, You and ur journalist are the idiots, as they didn’t see the 2govt. handpump outside the temple, and for water tap inside the temple on the gate but he was 500m inside the temple, You guys didn’t cover when they stole pieces of jewelry and many KG iron, they did eve-teasing inside the temple with Hindu girls, what they did with the Hindu god’s statue.

  6. One sided story and you call yourself unbiased media, waah, what hypocrisy, wheres the reporting of the earlier incidents as mentioned by the mahant and also the murder of Dr BS Tomar?

  7. Was he too blind to see a tap outside the temple? And Print why not a single article on the boy whose private parts and nose were cut by these jihadis and was murdered just for being Friends with a muslim girl? Some wounds are bigger than someone’s life for this inhumane print!

  8. Wonderful!- hope to see more pro-active measures to stop underage muslim men and women from being used for murder, rape, pillage and desecration of temples by their madrassas. Give generously to the Dasna temple trust please and donate legal expertise to firewall the frontliners.

  9. Juvenile crime should be tried as adult crime if we want to remain in a civilized society. These people are taught to commit crime from young age. In Delhi there have been many instances of juvenile mobs stabbing people and running away. A thief is a thief, don’t hide him behind the cloak of juvenile justice.

  10. There is a working hand pump just outside of the temple within 50meters and no visible source of water inside the gates.

    Boy is blind as well I guess to not to drink water from there and had to go inside even it’s clearly written muslim aren’t allowed inside which was put there because multiple eve teasing and cases.

  11. Such tukde tukde gang mdia and lootian meda like theprint already exposed, what a fake story created by lutian media, thief and ladki cherkhani wale gunde must be punished. and UP government must provide proper security on mandir.

  12. इस पूरे संस्करण में सिर्फ एक पक्ष की बातो को लिखा गया है दूसरा पक्ष कहा है । जब मंदिर के बाहर 2 नल और गेट के पास ही नल है तो वह मंदिर के अंदर तक क्यो गया । वहा पहले भी गैर हिन्दू लड़के शिवलिंग पर गलत काम करते पकड़े गए है । ये भी सत्य है जब हिंदुओ का पवित्र स्थान है तो वहा मुस्लिम का क्या काम
    क्या वो वहा पूजा करने गए थे । उसी मंदिर में पहले भी चोरी और हत्या जैसे अपराध हो चुके है । आप जैसे मीडिया सिर्फ एक पक्ष को ही क्यों दिखाते है । हर बार हिंदुओ और हिन्दू आस्था को बदनाम करते है । लेकिन आपको मस्जिदों और मदरसों में कुछ नही दिखता उस पर आंखे बंद कर लेते है ।
    हमेशा प्रिंट हिन्दू विरोधी ही खबर छापता है । जिससे हिन्दू समुदाय में विघटन हो सके और हर चीज को हिंदू , ब्राहमण,सालो पुरानी दास प्रथा या फिर छुआ छूत से जोड़ देते है । एक कही घटना हो जाए तो उसे इस तरह महिमा मंडित करते है जैसे सारी कमी हिंदुओ में हो

  13. A dalit boy is brutally murdered in karnataka – nobody cares but an I’ll mannered boy being disciplined is a debate!

    Level of sycophants.

  14. Wow great write up. Given the current state of journalism, I cannot even call it a news report. This article is so good. So fair and unbiased. Why would the report need to find out why the temple mahant and his des piles are insecure? Why would it need to ask if incidences of vandalism have taken place here? Why would it need to ask if any serious offenses have taken place before? Great job! I like it so much that I not only like it with 4 letters. I give it 7 letters. With DIS in bold in front of like.

  15. The biggest and creators of most of our problems are these sold journalists like Print. who have no self respect at all…
    They follow the dictats of their unlawful fathers and propagate their agenda of appeasements… just for few bucks and perks…
    I dont know how you sleep at night after committing all these crimes against their own faith… as most journalists reporting are done by journalists of our faith…
    The peacefuls don’t get their hands dirty in all this mongering…
    They just buy out these journalists or put pressure on leaders with lure of votes in return of appeasement tactics…

  16. These jihadis deserve thrashing, Nothing wrong in the action of the management. And kudos to Print for normalizing the incident as an act of Hindu vendetta. They never raise their voice when innocent Hindus are slaughtered by Muslim mobs.

  17. I condemn the beating of a 14 year old for just drinking water. But why has the entire view of victimization been created by just this one incident?
    Where is the version of the Hindu community here? Shouldn’t everyone be interviewed to get the entire picture?

    Questions not asked by the reporter –

    1. There is a tap just outside the temple. Why wasn’t that used? If a person is thirsty, won’t he/she look for the closest source of water?
    2. Why has the temple put the board barring Muslims from entering? Is there some genuine grievance from the Hindu community there?

    There are reports that Muslim boys in the area tease Hindu women and girls going to the temple. There have been instances of theft of temple items and also violation of the Shiv Lingam there by Muslim boys. If this is true, won’t the scenario change?

    Request to the reporter to follow the ethics of journalism and try and get the entire picture rather than just painting the Hindu side with a one liner and no insights into the larger picture.

    • Stop lying for journalistic purposes. Yesterday I went to shame temple and found faucet and handpump outside temple. So what was he doing inside the shrine can you answer The Print.

  18. Temples are not secular place. Muslims do not believe in Idol Worship, What was this theif doing inside the Temple premises ? No Temples are open for Non Hindus Anymore.

  19. Good atleast someone is keeping a check on islamists. Hope the boy gets released soon on bail and the case is quashed in court.

  20. “Idiots” like these create a platform for attention crazy & victim syndrome pacifiers. What’s the point in showing your muscles on a 14-year boy? you better be a hero where heroism is deserved.

    • 14 year muslim girls attain puberty and become adult for marriage. 14 OLD MUSLIM boy is an aged person. Muslim men of 14 years kill Hindu men

    • I condemn the beating of a 14 year old for just drinking water. But why has the entire view of victimization been created by just this one incident?
      Where is the version of the Hindu community here? Shouldn’t everyone be interviewed to get the entire picture?

      Questions not asked by the reporter –

      1. There is a tap just outside the temple. Why wasn’t that used? If a person is thirsty, won’t he/she look for the closest source of water?
      2. Why has the temple put the board barring Muslims from entering? Is there some genuine grievance from the Hindu community there?

      There are reports that Muslim boys in the area tease Hindu women and girls going to the temple. There have been instances of theft of temple items and also violation of the Shiv Lingam there by Muslim boys. If this is true, won’t the scenario change?

      Request to the reporter to follow the ethics of journalism and try and get the entire picture rather than just painting the Hindu side with a one liner and no insights into the larger picture.

  21. 2000 HINDU woman are abducted raped and forcefully converted and men enslaved in pakistan every year.

    HINDUS believe in education and science and prosperity and don’t believe in conversion

    Let’s stop pakistan style propaganda .

    Let journalists from “SECULAR VOTERS ” community start a campaign to ban RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALIST EDUCATION and join CAMPAIGN to reduce population with strict population control measures in their community.

    • You are borrowing and follwing the Pakistani fundamentalist culture into Hinduism. Or may be bringing back the dark manuvadi culture. If a Non-hindus gets thrashed for just drinking water from a temple then such place is not a place of worship/justice/truth but a place of hate/vile/terror, just like some radical mosques and churches.

    • Typical chaddi. Using whataboutism to justify crimes. You have ruined the country beyond recovery. It has turned into a hindu version of Pakistan. Religion ruins everything, Hindutva bigots are the perfect example.

      • Shut up chamche, muslim bootlicker. You liberal leeches have a long history of ignoring persecution of non muslims in muslim countries. If you want to give your lecture of humanity and other stupid things go to Pakistan.

        • Well said! These liberals are such hypocrites. When their property is vandalized by these so called innocent boys or when their daughters fall victim to love jihad, then they will know.

      • bengali women in your house wants to satisfy mulla of mosque. Can you please send them at night. Islam definitely ruins. Hindutva bigots exposed you communist leanings.

      • There is a working hand pump just outside of the temple within 50meters and no visible source of water inside the gates.

        Boy is blind as well I guess to not to drink water from there and had to go inside even it’s clearly written muslim aren’t allowed inside which was put there because multiple eve teasing and cases.

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