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Shocking! 3 arrested for killing temple priest, stealing idol in Rajasthan's Bundi

The accused planned to steal the idol and even entered into a deal with some traders from Kishanganj to sell the idol for Rs 300 crore.

Poorva Joshi Edited by: Poorva Joshi @poorvajoshi1424 Bundi Updated on: June 11, 2022 7:21 IST
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Shocking! 3 arrested for killing temple priest, stealing idol in Rajasthan's Bundi

Highlights

  • 3 men wrongfully assumed that an idol at a temple is an antique worth Rs 300 crore.
  • In order to steal it, they killed the temple priest in Rajasthan's Bundi.
  • They killed the priest using sharp-edged weapons before making off with the idol.

Temple priest killed: In a shocking incident, three men wrongfully assumed that an idol at a temple is an antique worth Rs 300 crore. In order to steal it, they killed the temple priest in Rajasthan's Bundi district. The assailants killed the priest using sharp-edged weapons before making off with the idol of Lord Charbhuja, an avatar of Lord Krishna. All three men have been arrested by the Rajasthan Police.

The accused, identified as Sonu Mehawar, Badal Meghwal, and Lokesh Shringi, were arrested from Swaimadhopur, Superintendent of Police of Bundi Jai Yadav said. All of them are residents of Bundi district.

The police had set up a special investigation team (SIT) headed by ASP Kishori Lal to probe the killing of the 40-year-old priest of Bundi's Dobra Temple, Vivekanand Sharma, on Monday.

According to the police, the accused trio were unemployed and wanted to make a quick buck. They would often visit the temple, the police said, adding that the priest, during an interaction with them, had exaggerated the value of the idol which was actually a replica of the original antique one allegedly stolen in 2016.

Subsequently, the accused planned to steal the idol and even entered into a deal with some traders from Kishanganj to sell the idol for Rs 300 crore, the police officer said.

(With PTI Inputs)

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