Days after the mob lynching of two holy men in Maharashtra’s Palghar district created a furore across the country, two sadhus were on Monday found murdered inside a temple in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh.
The bodies were found inside the Shiva temple at Pagona village of Bulandshahr district by the devotees, who had visited the temple in the morning.
The two have have reportedly been identified as 55-year-old Jagandas and 35-year-old Sevadas.
Taking cognizance of the incident, the Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, has asked the district officials to reach the crime spot and apprise him of the investigation. He has also assured strict action against the accused.
As per SSP, M. Bulandshahr Santosh Singh, one person has been detained and is being questioned. He had reportedly stolen an article from one of the two sadhus, who had then scolded him.
The sadhus were allegedly killed with a sword, said the SSP.
'The two priests used to live at the temple. One person named Murai alias Raju who is a cannabis addict and who frequently visited the temple apparently took away a chimta (tong) for which he was chided by the priests. For that, he killed them using a sword. Villagers also spotted Murari going outside the village,' Mr. Singh said.
The accused was in an inebriated state when he was taken into custody.
Additional forces have been stationed in the area in order to maintain law and order.
The Palghar incident took place days after two sadhus and their driver, en route to Surat (Gujarat) from Mumbai (Maharashtra), were lynched by around 200-strong mob outside Gadchinchle village.