Sudarshan TV tweeted a video claiming that three temples were vandalised in Dwarka, Delhi. “Another temple was gripped by hate,” read its tweet. (Archive Link)

The channel uploaded a second video where the reporter is showing the state of the temples and asking locals what went down. (Archive Link)

Sudarshan News editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke tweeted the same ground report and blamed ‘jihadis’ for the vandalism. (Archive Link)

BJP Delhi social media head Naveen Kumar made the identical claim. (Archive Link)

The incident drew protests by Vishva Hindu Parishad members in the West Delhi area. VHP national spokesperson Vinod Bansal had tweeted a protest video.

Sudarshan news correspondent Nimit Tyagi, Twitter user @AchAnkurArya, and BJP member Sandeep Thakur further amplified the claim.

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No communal angle

DCP/Dwarka, Delhi replied to Sudarshan News that accused Mahesh was arrested from the same locality and the incident does not have a communal angle. “He was aggrieved on God due to inadequate rainfall,” said the police.

We found several news articles on this incident. According to The Indian Express, “The accused, Mahesh (50) of Bharat Vihar JJ colony, is a cobbler, police said. The matter was reported by a priest on Tuesday morning who first spotted the damaged Hanuman idols at three adjacent spots in Kakrola, a senior police officer said.”

This wasn’t the first time Sudarshan News communalised an incident. The channel recently claimed that Muslims entered a Hindu place of worship in Maharashtra’s Malanggad and disrupted aarti. Muslims had entered the Hahi Malang Dargah, which is regarded as a temple by a section of the Hindu community. Earlier this month, Sudarshan News had also communalised a clash between Muslim groups in Uttarakhand’s Jaspur Dargah. A compilation on the channel’s sectarian disinformation can be read here.

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