Priest’s body found hanging from pole near temple in UP

Rae Bareli, January 3:

A 64-year-old priest was killed allegedly by four people and his body was found hanging from a pole near the temple, police said on Thursday.

Swami Premdas, priest of Ram Janki temple in Baba ka Purva, was killed on Tuesday night, they said.

Based on a complaint by Mahant Mauni Baba, an FIR was registered against four people, including Bajinath Maurya who was involved in a dispute over possession of a land belonging to the temple.

Maurya, who is a member of the land mafia, was also allegedly involved in the murder of the earlier priest of the temple, Swami Satyanarain Das, the complainant said.

Mauni Baba alleged that he had encroached upon a piece of land of the temple and construction was going on there

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