A 75-year-old priest, who used to live in the guise of “Goddess Kali” wearing sari and bangles, was found murdered on the premises of a temple in Dhaknagla village under the jurisdiction of Islamnagar police station in Badaun district, Uttar Pradesh. The murder was committed on 6 February.
The holy man performed daily prayers and took out a religious procession on Sunday morning, and then he went to his hut to take rest when Ramveer allegedly stabbed him to death.
Baba was associated with the temple for the past 45 years. He used to wear bangles and sari like Goddess Kali. The accused, Ramveer Yadav, is absconding.
On 6 February, Yadav had come to meet Sakhi Baba in the temple and a heated argument ensued between them. Suddenly, Yadav took out a knife and stabbed Sakhi Baba before fleeing from the temple. The villagers tried to capture the accused but he escaped.
A case of murder under IPC Section 302 has been registered and three police teams ahve been deployed to nab the accused.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sankalp Sharma said the body of the victim has been sent for post-mortem examination. He said Sakhi Baba used to live alone in a thatched hut on the temple premises. Sakhi Baba was stabbed to death by a local, Ramveer Yadav, over some personal enmity. We have booked him under section 302 (murder)of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and he will be arrested soon. The exact reason behind the murder is still unclear. We have sent the body for autopsy and informed his relatives.”
“The motive behind the murder is still unclear. The accused is on the run and efforts are being made to apprehend him,” he said.
Earlier, on 21 January, in a tragic incident in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, the body of a Hindu priest was found lying in a pool of blood inside a temple. According to reports, an octogenarian priest of a temple located in BKT police station area of Lucknow rural was found dead. The priest has injury marks on his head, as per the police.
Frequent attacks on Hindu priests
Killings of Hindu priests have become frequent these days. Last year in October, a Hindu priest named Babulal Vaishnav was set ablaze in the Bokna village, Sapotra division of Karauli district of Rajasthan by some people who wanted to encroach temple land. The same year in September, three priests of Arkeshwara temple in Mandya, Karnataka were brutally killed by unknown miscreants. In July last year, a temple priest named Kanti Prasad was brutally murdered by a man named Anas Qureshi in Meerut’s Abdullapur.