Two priests hacked to death in UP, police arrest local youth

Police say the accused, a drug addict, had been pulled up by the priests earlier for stealing a pair of tongs: Adityanath asks officials to take strict action against offender

The priest has been booked under murder charges and the weapon used in the crime has been seized Representative Photo: Twitter/ANI

Close on the heels of the lynching of two sadhus in Maharashtra’s Palghar, two priests of a Shiva temple in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh were found murdered on Tuesday (April 28), allegedly by a man whom they had confronted for stealing a pair of tongs.

Bodies of the deceased identified as Jagdish (55) and Shersingh (45) of Pagauna village, were found on the premises of the temple.

The accused identified as Murari alias Raju was arrested by police in an inebriated state, reported Indian Express.

The accused reportedly told police that he committed the murder at “God’s will”.


Murari moving around with a sword was spotted by the villagers. They caught him about 2 km from the scene of crime, a police official told PTI.

“The youth is a drug addict. He was under the influence of drugs and in a naked state when caught by the villagers, he added.

“Prima facie it appears that he killed them after they chided him for stealing a chimta (tongs). We are waiting for him to sober up in order to investigate further,” Indian Express quoted Bulandshahr SP Santosh Kumar Singh as saying.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken a serious note of the incident and directed senior officials to take strict action against the culprit and submit a detailed report.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi has demanded a thorough probe into the incident as well as the murders of 100 other people in the state in the first two weeks of April.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, she said it is the duty of the government to ascertain the truth behind these murders and ensure that the incidents are not politicised.

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“100 people have been killed in Uttar Pradesh in the first 15 days of April. Three days ago, bodies of five members of the Pachouri family in Etah were found under mysterious circumstances. No one know what happened to them,” she tweeted.

“Today, two sadhus sleeping in a temple in Bulandshahr have been killed mercilessly. There should be a thorough probe into such heinous crimes and no one should politicise these incidents at such a time,” she said.