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Fake news of Hindu temple torched in Kashmir resurfaces, police file FIR

Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday clarified that no temple has been torched in any part of the summer capital city and such reports are fake.

In a tweet, Srinagar police stated that no such incident is reported to have taken place. “FIR has been registered and legal action imitated against those spreading the fake news,” the tweet read.

Reports that a temple was set on fire at Soura in Srinagar had gone viral on social media sites.

This is not the first time that such fake news has been spread on social media presumably to disrupt peace and bring a bad name to the Muslim majority in the disputed region.

In December, last year, Twitter was abuzz with posts about the Arya Samaj temple in Motiyar Rainawari being “burnt down to ashes.” Using this alleged incident as cover, the posts ignited enmity between religious groups in the already-tense region of Kashmir. In one tweet, the user also shared some photos of a structure on fire, claiming it to be the Arya Samaj Hindu temple.

“A long Hindu temple in Rainawari, Kashmir, burnt to ashes today. As if we hadn’t lost all the ancient temples in the 1990 genocide, one more temple, one more identity of Hindus in Kashmir is gone today,” one user had written.

Most of these hate-filled tweets were posted by Kashmir Pandits who left the valley at the onset of an insurgency seeking liberation from Indian rule in the 1990s.

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