Man digs up highway in Telangana in search of Shiva Lingam, says was “asked” by Lord to do it

Manoj, who is a self-proclaimed seer, had claimed that he was "visited" by Lord Shiva in his dreams and was "asked" by Shiva to look for the Lingam. The incident took place at Pembarthi of Jangaon district. He, along with a village sarpanch, a municipal vice chairman and a local Congress leader have been arrested by the police.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 7, 2017 12:37 pm
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In a country like India, strange things happen in the name of religious beliefs and superstition. This time things went overboard when a villager dug up a national highway in search of a lingam. He was later arrested in Telegana.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, 30-year-old Lakhan Manoj was arrested on Monday after he dug up a 15-feet well on the National Highway 163 that connects Hyderabad and Warangal. Manoj, who is a self-proclaimed seer, had claimed that he was “visited” by Lord Shiva in his dreams and was “asked” by Shiva to look for the Lingam. The incident took place at Pembarthi of Jangaon district.

Along with him, a village sarpanch, a municipal vice chairman and a local Congress leader have also been taken to custody for helping him in the act.

According to a report in The Hindu, special prayers were conducted before the digging began and curious villagers participated in the excavation. However, even after digging 20 feet, they could not find anything as police later arrived on the scene and arrested them. The excavation created a traffic jam on the national highway.

“How can these village elders believe him and take up digging of the road? We have booked cases against them….We shall fill up the pit with the help of Roads and Buildings department and recover the cost from the villagers,” Jangaon deputy commissioner of police T Venkanna told Hindustan Times.

Venkanna also added that Manoj apparently told the villagers that Lord Shiva has been visiting him for the past five years and asked him up that particular spot near Pembarthi.

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    Prabir Mitra
    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    Utter nonsense! The govts of a secular country are propagating such nonsense things that people are encouraged to do such harm to the society! Punish them hard so that they will think twice before doing such things.
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      chandra
      Jun 10, 2017 at 9:09 am
      god man accompanied by secular congress leader
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      Raja
      Jun 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm
      just make sure that he does not dig out of prison!
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        Samaritan
        Jun 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm
        Lord Shiva asked Manoj to start digging from Manoj's Home, but his accomplice who are masters of misinterpreting Hinduism for their selfish goals, asked him to dig at the middle of the NH.
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          Durga Mishra
          Jun 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm
          A busy NH was dug 20ft deep and after when no shiv was found, the police arrived. When 5ft.is dug and the police did not reach, its understandable. But when the digging continues for 10ft,15ft without the notice of the authorities, then it smacks of.....The alleged shiv is purported to be the spoilsport. Any way, damage to public property be adequately compensated with exemplary fines and deterrents.
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