Protesters in the small village of Sukahurip falling under Indonesia’s Sukatani district have threatened Jihad unless the planned construction of a Hindu village is stopped, Jakarta Post has reported.
The village which falls under Bekasi regency, West Java shows protesters holding green flags and banners which read, “Be careful! If you insist on building the temple, we are ready to carry out jihad as you are the one who started this”.
This protest was also confirmed by Bekasi Police chief Candra Sukma Kumara who blamed individuals from outside the village for the same.
He said that the plan to construct the Hindu temple was going on smoothly since 2017 without any backlash and it is only recently that such protests have begun.
At present, around 6,000 to 7,000 Hindus who live in the area have to travel quite a distance to Pura Agung Tirta Bhuana in neighboring Bekasi municipality. Thus the Hindu community decided to constitute a committee to full all the requirements to build the temple.
The community had also ensured that it complies with the ministerial decree which warrants garnering support from the local residents for the temple, despite all which the plan is now being met with backlash.