Villagers oppose cremation of priests in temple premises

Three days after the killings of five persons including four priests at Nilkanth Mahahev temple at Iyava village in Sanand,a dispute over the cremation of the deceased priests erupted into a major controversy on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:January 25, 2012 5:19 am

Three days after the killings of five persons including four priests at Nilkanth Mahahev temple at Iyava village in Sanand,a dispute over the cremation of the deceased priests erupted into a major controversy on Tuesday.

The villagers have been protesting against the temple authority’s move to cremate (samadhi) the deceased priests on the temple premises while stating that they don’t want any remembrance of the incident to be attached with the temple permanently.

According to reports,a brawl between priests of Nath sect and villagers had occurred on Monday over the cremation (samadhi). On Tuesday,a representative of the villagers met the District Superintendent of Police Rajiv Ranjan Bhagat,stating that they don’t want the deceased priests to be cremated at the village temple.

According to villagers,three of the priests were outsiders and therefore they should be cremated where they actually belonged. In case of the fourth priest,Dharamnath Bapu,who had killed four before committing suicide,should also not be cremated at the temple as he was a murderer.

The police have imposed 11 days stay on the matter from both sides so that they could find a legal option,besides,suggestions from the main guru of Nath sect who lives in Junagadh.

The bodies of the priests are still lying at the mortuary,while the main priest of the temple is at hospital,police official said.

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