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Two Sadhus murdered in UP by man accused of theft

The murder came to light when people reached the temple on Tuesday morning and saw the blood-soaked bodies

Tuesday April 28, 2020 11:46 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

UP Sadhus Murdered

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Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh): Two sadhus were found murdered inside a Shiva temple at Pagona village of Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Tuesday.

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.

A man called Raju has been arrested and charged with murder. The Sadhus had reportedly accused Raju of theft recently.

The accused man was "high on drugs" when he killed the two priests, and is still in a drugged state, the police said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance 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 detained. He had stolen an article from the two sadhus and the latter had scolded him.

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 April 16 night. Police had rushed to stop it but failed.

There was an attempt to communalise the Palghar killings by the BJP and other Hindutva extremists. Some even linked the killings with Muslims. However, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh later released the list of 101 people arrested in the case, and categorically denying any link of Muslims with the brutal killings.

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