Priest set afire in Rajasthan

Jaipur, October 9

A priest died after being set on fire allegedly by five persons who wanted to encroach on temple land in Rajasthan’s Karauli district, police said on Friday. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condemned the incident, saying the main accused has been arrested, while the Opposition attacked the government, saying the law and order has deteriorated and people are under fear in the state. On Wednesday, the accused caught the priest, Babu Lal Vaishnav, near an agriculture farm at Bukna village and set him on fire. He was admitted to the SMS hospital in Jaipur, where he died on Thursday night. “The main accused, Kailash Meena, has been arrested, while another accused was rounded up,” Superintendent of Police, Karauli, Mridul Kachhawa, said. The accused wanted to encroach upon the temple land, the police said.— PTI

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