An angry mob of hundreds of people attacked and looted a temple in southern India’s Srikakulam district on Sunday, forcing hundreds of worshippers to flee.
The mob, which gathered in front of the temple in Srikapati, attacked the temple after villagers complained of a rise in cow slaughter.
“We were attacked on Sunday afternoon by about 10 people, including a youth.
A few people who were with us fled after we tried to break a window.
They were demanding that we stop slaughtering cows and stop killing cows,” said a woman who asked not to be identified.
“I was a bit scared, but we were not attacked.
People were protecting the temple and they were all peaceful.
They didn’t attack anyone.
The only thing they did was break a bottle, which they threw at the mob.
It was really violent.”
The mob looted several temples, but the police later arrested a 25-year-old man for attempted murder.
The man was released on bail on Sunday.
The temple in question, the Dantewada, is located in a remote village on the outskirts of Srikpati, some 35 kilometers (20 miles) from the capital of Delhi.
The village is the second-oldest of the 14 in the area, after the ancient Vishnu Temple.
The Dantewsadam temple was built around the year 870.
The temple has a small shrine in the main temple hall, and a smaller one on the other side of the main hall.
The site is also home to the ancient Mahabharata.