‘Kalam was a jihadi’, says priest of Ghaziabad temple where Muslim boy was beaten

Malini T
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The priest of a Ghaziabad temple, where a Muslim boy was thrashed for drinking water on its premises, targeted former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Tuesday over his religion, calling him a 'jihadi'.

“Any Muslim in the top echelons of the country cannot be pro-India and Kalam was a jihadi,” Dasna Devi Temple's Yati Narsinghanad Saraswati told reporters in Aligarh.

Police and district administration officials at the Dasna Devi temple. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Police and district administration officials at the Dasna Devi temple. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Supporters of a Hindu organization demonstrated at the Dasna Devi temple where a few days ago, a minor was thrashed for drinking water, at Dasna on March 19, 2021 in Ghaziabad, India. The Devi temple of Dasna, Ghaziabad had come under limelight after a teenage Muslim boy named Asif claimed that he was beaten for trying to drink some water inside the temple premises. The Head Priest (Mahant) Yati Narsinghanand claimed that the temple management was forced to bar Muslims entry into the temple premises after incidents of theft, assault and sexual harassment of female devotees. Dhaulana MLA Aslam Chaudhary has called for removal of board, this led Hindu organizations to come in support saying they will not let the board be removed. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Dasna Devi temple at Dasna on March 19, 2021 in Ghaziabad. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
New bigger board saying entry of Muslims in banned placed by supporters of a Hindu organizations at the Dasna Devi temple where a few days ago, a minor was thrashed for drinking water, at Dasna on March 19, 2021 in Ghaziabad, India. The Devi temple of Dasna, Ghaziabad had come under limelight after a teenage Muslim boy named Asif claimed that he was beaten for trying to drink some water inside the temple premises. The Head Priest (Mahant) Yati Narsinghanand claimed that the temple management was forced to bar Muslims entry into the temple premises after incidents of theft, assault and sexual harassment of female devotees. Dhaulana MLA Aslam Chaudhary has called for removal of board, this led Hindu organizations to come in support saying they will not let the board be removed. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
A board saying entry of Muslims in banned placed by supporters of a Hindu organization at the Dasna Devi temple. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Levelling allegations without substance, he accused late Kalam of supplying the formula of the 'atom bomb to Pakistan as DRDO chief'.

“Kalam had formed a cell in the Rashtrapati Bhawan where any Muslim could file his grievance,” the priest claimed.

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In the thrashing incident, a man identified as Shirangi Nanad Yadav was arrested by police earlier.

In a video, Yadav was seen asking the boy his name, who said he was Asif. Yadav was then seen brutally thrashing him.

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