Kalleshwara Swamy’s chariot fire incident doesn’t have a communal angle!

Claim

Miscreants set fire to the 800-year-old Sri Kalleshwara Swamy temple chariot at Nittur in Tumkur district. The more the Hindus keep silent, the more their laughter increases.

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Explanation

An infographic poster is circulated with a claim stating, “Miscreants set fire to the 800-year-old Sri Kalleshwara Swamy temple chariot at Nittur in Tumkur district. The more the Hindus keep silent, the more their laughter increases.” The post was in the Kannada language which we Google translated it. Also, there is a video clip shared with the same claim can be viewed here.

 

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What’s the truth?

We started our analysis with a relevant keyword search on Google, which led us to an article by Kannada News18.

According to the article, “It is estimated that around 20 lakhs of rupees have been lost due to the burning of the chariot belonging to the ancient Kalleshwar temple. A case has been registered at Gubbi police station under IPC 436 for damage to public property.”

As per the reports, an accused named Udari has been taken into custody by the Gubbi Police about the historic Kalleshwara Temple’s chariot fire.

Also, the chariot was parked close to the Kalleswara temple in Pura village, which is close to Nittoor in the Tumakuru district’s Gubbi taluk. However, a fire unexpectedly started in the chariot’s godown yesterday afternoon (Fire Accident). When the people went to look into the fire that had started on the chariot, it was destroyed by flames.

The villagers believed at the time that an electrical short circuit had likely started the fire. When the fire brigade personnel arrived, they put it out. Renukappa and Shantaraju of Pura village noticed that accused Udari put coconut feathers next to the chariot and set it on fire.

In response to a complaint from the villagers, the police detained Udari, a 32-year-old man from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, after he was accused of setting fire to a chariot.

This clarifies that the accused Udari is a Hindu and hails from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Moreover, this suggests that the fire occurrence does not have a communal component, contrary to what the viral claim suggests.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, there is no communal aspect to the fire incident at the Kalleshwara temple. This means that the viral claims are misleading.

In actuality, the man who caused this incident is a member of the Hindu community.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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