Two sadhus were found murdered inside a Shiva temple at Pagona village of Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Tuesday (28 April).
The murder came to light when people reached the temple on Tuesday morning and saw the blood-soaked bodies. According to reports, the deceased have been identified as Jagandas, 55, and Sevadas, 35.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the incident and directed the district officials to reach the site of crime and inform him of the investigations. He has also ordered strict action against the accused.
SSP Bulandshahr Santosh Singh said that one person had been arrested. He had allegedly stolen a chimta form the two sadhus and the latter had scolded him.
The accused is said to be an addict who was angered by the scolding. Today morning he allegedly arrived at the temple with a sword and killed the sadhus, eyewitnesses even later saw him going outside the village with a sword.
The police subsequently tracked him down and arrested him. He has been identified as Murari aka Raju and is said to be in a drugged state.
Further investigations are underway and additional forces have been deployed in the area.
These murders come almost a fortnight after the Palghar lynching in Maharashtra, where two sadhus and their driver, proceeding from Nashik to Surat, were cornered and lynched by a 200-strong mob outside Gadchinchle village on 16 April night. Police had rushed to stop it but failed.
With Inputs From IANS
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