New Delhi: A 50-year-old temple priest, who was assailed fire with petrol by six people within the Karauli district of Rajasthan has succumbed to his injuries last night in SMS hospital. Police have said that Kailash Meena, the key accused has been taken into custody within 24 hours of the crime reported in Bukna village.
The priest, Babulal Vaishnav, in his statement, said he and his family were taking care of a Radha Krishna temple within the village and thus the encircling land allotted on the temple’s name was getting employed by them for farming. Usually, lands that belong to temple trusts are given to caretaker priests, in order that they go to use them as their source of income. These lands are reportedly called ‘Mandir Mafi’. Also Read – Rajasthan BSTC Result 2020: Scores Declared on Official Website at predeled.com
At around 10 AM yesterday, the accused Kailash came alongside a couple of people and commenced putting up tin sheds on the land. When Vaishnav resisted, they sprinkled petrol on him and set him ablaze.
“Few influential people including accused Kailash Meena and his sons tried to encroach his land and thru a dispute accused set the fence ablaze during which priest got severely burnt”, said Mridul Kachhwa, SP, Karauli, Rajasthan.
The SP has constituted teams and initiated the probe to trace the criminals. While most accused are arrested, the hunt is on to nab other accused within the case.
“Only one accused has been arrested for burning the priest. We demand the accused’s entire family involved during this case should be arrested and police officials should be suspended for inaction. There’s anger within the entire Brahmin community”, said Ramakant Sharma, Priest Babulal’s relative.
Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in her statement said that this is often a highly condemnable crime. watching the rising crime incidents, it’s clear that Dalit, women, traders, kids, nobody is safe within the state. “The government must awaken from slumber and provides the harshest of the punishment to the accused during this case”, she added.
Satish Poonia, BJP’s state unit president said that this case of a temple priest burnt alive proves that the law and order system in Rajasthan has collapsed and criminals haven’t any fear of the law. “Rajasthan Police’s punchline seems to possess now changed to ‘Apradhi Mast, Janta Trust’ under CM Gehlot”, he stated
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