A conspiracy by a temple priest and others in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district was busted by the police on Saturday, who mentioned the accused employed an expert shooter and orchestrated an assault on himself to border a political rival. Seven folks, together with the chief monk of the temple and a village head, have been arrested over the assault on the priest who too can be arrested as soon as he’s launched from the hospital, the police mentioned.
The priest Atul Tripathi alias Samrat Das, who was injured within the assault final week is presently on the King George’s Medical Faculty Hospital in Lucknow, they mentioned.
The police claimed that Mahant Sitaramdas of the temple, the village head and the injured priest had hatched the plan to hold out the assault.
The incident had sparked an enormous row and the state authorities confronted intense criticism. Saints from Ayodhya had additionally camped within the district and demanded immediate motion towards these accountable.
In a joint press convention, District Justice of the Peace Nitin Bansal and Superintendent of Police Shailesh Kumar Pandey mentioned that Mr Das was injured when he was shot at on the evening of October 10 in Shri Ram Janki Temple within the village.
A case of homicide try was filed by Mahant Sitaramdas of the temple towards a former village head Amar Singh and his associates, two of whom had been arrested the subsequent day. Amar Singh was not discovered.
5 groups had been constituted for fixing the case and based mostly on digital proof, statements of witnesses and different inputs, seven accused had been arrested on Friday and efforts had been on to catch one different one that continues to be on the run, the district police chief mentioned.
Three country-made revolvers, seven reside cartridges, one empty cartridge and a cell phone had been recovered from them, he mentioned.
The police officer mentioned that Ram Janki Temple in Tirre Manorama village had 120 bighas of land over which there was a rivalry between the previous village head Amar Singh and Mahant Sitaramdas.
There was additionally a political rivalry between Amar Singh and the current gram pradhan, Vinay Singh, Mr Pandey mentioned, including that each Mahant Sitaramdas and Vinay Singh deliberate to get Amar Singh framed in a severe matter to serve their respective motives.
They deliberate to shoot the priest in order that he escaped with damage and no risk to his life, he mentioned, including that on the day of the assault, all of the accused gathered on the temple and determined that three of them would perform the plan.
With the priest’s consent, considered one of them fired at him whereas Mahant Sitaramdas pretended to be asleep in his room, the police officer mentioned.
The house guards who rushed to the temple on listening to the gunshot noticed three folks escaping within the torchlight, he added.
The police mentioned that the 2 individuals who had been earlier arrested based mostly on the case filed by Mahant Sitaramdas can be launched quickly.
(With inputs from PTI)