Jammu: Demanding a thorough probe into the two incidents of temple desecration in Jammu, various religious, political and social organisations have appealed to the people to maintain calm and help identify the culprits.
"There is a deep-rooted conspiracy to disturb peace in Jammu region by desecrating the temples. The authorities must identify the real culprits and punish them accordingly," former state president of VHP, Leela Karan Sharma said.
He said the two "sacrilegious" incidents within a period of 36 hours cannot be a coincidence, as he asked the authorities to expose the greater conspiracy aimed at disturbing peace in Jammu region.
He said the recent incident of desecration of a temple in Nanak Nagar area allegedly by an inebriated person seems to be part of a well-knit conspiracy.
"It should be probed who gave drugs to that man and asked him to go and vandalise the temple," Sharma said.
Various Sikh organisations have also come forward and condemned the recent incidents of desecration of temples in Jammu.
"Jammu is a city of temples and people of all faiths have been co-existing here for centuries. The people who hurt the sentiments of others do not represent any religion.
"If there is a deep-rooted conspiracy to destabilise peace in the region, government must expose them," president of Guru Manyo Granth Society, Jasdeep Singh said.
President of Shiv Sena and Dogra Front, Ashok Gupta said that Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs have been living peacefully in Jammu and there was a conspiracy to destabilise peace in the region.
"There are reports that the man who vandalised the temple in Nanak Nagar called somebody and said that he has done his job. We want the authorities to find out who that man was who had ordered this man to carry out the sacrilegious act," Gupta said.