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Nashik: 7 priests arrested under Arms Act; pistol, sharp weapon found from vehicle

🔴 The Nashik city police produced the priests before a magistrate court and got their custody for three days. The seven are out on bail now.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: December 9, 2021 4:25:14 pm
Trimbakeshwar, an ancient temple in Nashik, is visited by devotees from across India. (Photo: PTI/File)

Seven priests, arrested recently under the Arms Act in Nashik, were released on bail on Wednesday. According to the police, the priests were fighting amongst themselves over conducting special rituals (puja) at Trimbakeshwar temple when the patrolling police arrived and intervened to stop the fight.

The police also conducted a search of a vehicle of the priests and found a countrymade pistol with 11 live rounds and sharp weapons like a sickle and a knife, and a hockey stick. The seven were arrested following the recoveries.

Devotees from across India come to Trimbakeshwar to attend special poojas (prayers).

The incident took place around 8 pm on Sunday on Hirawadi road in the jurisdiction of Panchvati police in Nashik city. The patrolling police were alerted about the fight.

“The priests are from Madhya Pradesh and are known to each other. They live in Hirawadi where they own property. The fight was over professional rivalry. We booked them under the Arms Act and produced them before a magistrate court and got their custody for three days,” said investigating officer, police sub-inspector Sunil Kasarale.

The accused are identified as Virendra Trivedi, Ashish Trivedi, Manish Trivedi, Sunil Tiwari, Akash Tripathi, Aniket Tiwari and Sachin Pande.

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