The murder of the priest (mahant) of the Ramjanaki temple in Ghazipur district’s Indore village has left the area tensed. The unidentified miscreants also stole the ashtadhatu idols of Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita from the temple.
The incident reportedly happened on July 24. Following the theft and murder, the people of the village came out in protest and refused to hand over the body of the 32-year-old priest, Gautam Das, for cremation.
Seeking an immediate arrest of the culprits, the villagers demanded that the DM and SP themselves take a look into the matter.
On Monday, DM Sanjay Kumar Khatri and SP Somen Verma met the agitating villagers and tried to pacify them. They assured of quick action against the culprits. To their credit, the authorities managed to convince the angry villagers to hand over the body of the priest.
But in a video shot while the DM and the SP were convincing the people, a local leader is heard making uncharitable remarks against an inspector.
In the video, shot by Braj Bhushan Dubey, Virendra Rai, a member of BJP’s Kishan Morcha, is heard calling an inspector “gadha” (donkey). According to a report published in City News Express, the inspector is a Dalit.
Dubey, too, claims that the inspector who Rai is abusing is a Dalit. Rai is heard urging the DM and the SP, “Please remove him. Not all are horses, some are donkeys, too.”
Punjab Kesari reports that Rai’s words were for the station officer.
The DM and the SP handled the situation, already tense, commendably. They are heard telling Rai that the investigation into the case is more important and that more teams are involved in the probe.
Punjab Kesari reports that the DM will investigate the objectionable comment made by Rai in the video.
Meanwhile, a murder and theft case has been registered and investigation into the same has been initiated by the authorities.