Hyderabad: A photo of a Hanuman idol that was reportedly vandalized at a temple in West Godavari district has been doing the rounds of social media. The claim gains importance in the aftermath of a series of temple attacks in Andhra Pradesh in the past few months.
The claim that a Hanuman idol was recently vandalized is a West Godavari temple is FALSE. The incident occurred in 2014.
Responding to this claim, the West Godavari police tweeted that the incident took place in 2014 and provided the case number and other details. The tweet read, "#FactCheck: The Anjaneya Swamy idol incident occurred in 2014 & a case in Cr No 225/14 U/S 295, 427 IPC was registered in Eluru 1 Town PS. Accused Peraka Venkateswara Rao, 35 yrs was sent to remand & was convicted, facing 8 months imprisonment on 23-6-15 vide CC No 1208/14."
Andhra Pradesh government's fact check Twitter handle also published a tweet, "#FactCheck - Images of the vandalized Anjaneya Swamy temple in Eluru, West Godavari are from 2014. Prompt action initiated by @SpWestgodavari. To know more - https://bit.ly/3qCMz9M Reminder to refrain from posting false information as it may lead to legal ramifications."
Here is the court judgment order of that case:
This claim has been debunked by Factly, too.
Photos of an old incident of a Hanuman idol vandalized in West Godavari in 2014 is being linked to the recent AP temple attacks. Hence, the claim is FALSE.