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Priests of Hanuman temples in Muzaffarnagar seek police protection

Press Trust of India  |  Muzaffarnagar (UP) 

Police personnel were deployed outside a temple in Uttar Pradesh's district Wednesday as priests of the area sought protection after a group of activists entered the shrine and started performing rituals.

The activists had offered prayers at the temple on Tuesday, a week after Minister triggered a row by calling Lord a

The group went into the temple, where one of them assumed the role of a and started performing rituals, police said.

They had also put up a banner of 'Mandir, Hanuman Chowk, Muzaffarnagar' in front of the temple, they said.

Priests of different Hanuman temples in the area have sought police protection after the incident. They also lodged a complaint at station.

SHO said they were looking into the complaint.

Addressing a rally in Rajasthan's district, the minister had said, "Lord Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. 'Bajrang Bali' worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west".

On Sunday, had urged members of the Dalit community to take over all Hanuman temples in the country and appoint Dalits as priests there.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 16:25 IST