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Two sadhus in Bulandshahr ‘beaten to death’ by man they accused of theft

In a tweet, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Adityanath over phone and expressed concern over the incident.

Written by Amil Bhatnagar | Noida | Updated: April 29, 2020 1:04:17 am
Bulandshahr, Bulandshahr lynching, Bulandshahr sadhus beatn to death, Bulandshahr sadhus dead, Bulandshahr news, up news, up crime news The two were living in a temple in Pagauna village (ANI)

Two sadhus were murdered, allegedly by a man who they had accused of stealing a chimta (tongs), in Bulandshahr on Tuesday. According to police, the accused Murari, was upset after the sadhus Jagdish Das (55) and Sher Singh (45) scolded him over the missing tongs a few days ago.

The two were living in a temple in Pagauna village. The accused was arrested in an inebriated state from the village premises. The police said that the accused told them that “God’s will” was behind the killing and alleged that he committed the crime under influence.

“We received information that bodies of two sadhus were found in Pagauna village early in the morning. At around 5 am, the accused Murari was found roaming around the village, half-naked under the influence of cannabis. Prima facie it appears that he killed them after they chided him for stealing a chimta. We are waiting for him to sober up in order to investigate further,” said Santosh Kumar Singh, SP Bulandshahr.

While initially, police stated that the accused murdered them with a sword, the administration later clarified that they seem to have been beaten to death using sticks lying inside the temple.

According to police, villagers traced the accused 2 km away from the murder spot and an arrest was made. While a large crowd had gathered, the police denied there was any law and order situation. “We are trying to ascertain exact motive since the accused has told us that it was “God’s will” to kill them. It clearly appears that he is currently under the influence of drugs and allegedly committed the act then,” said Ravindra Kumar, DM Bulandshahr

Jagdish had come to the temple 15 years ago while Sherdas came five years ago and both had been managing the temple affairs since.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath took cognisance of the matter and has asked the DM and SSP to submit a detailed report of the incident.

In a tweet, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Adityanath over phone and expressed concern over the incident. “The killing of priests in Uttar Pradesh should not be
communalised like the Palghar incident in Maharashtra,” Raut said.

“Uddhav ji said when such incidents happen, we should refrain from indulging in politics and unitedly work to punish the culprits,” Raut said.

Earlier, Raut, in a tweet, termed the killing of the two priests “inhuman and brutal”. “Terrible ! killing of two saints, sadhus at a temple in Bulandshahar,UP, but I appeal to all concerned to not make it communal the way they tried to make Palghar, Maharashtra incidence,” he tweeted.

“Maintain peace. The country is fighting corona and Yogi Adityanath will punish the culprits,” he said in another tweet.

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