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What did a priest pay for resisting the attempt to grab temple land?

By Manisha Jangir

A shocking incident has been revealed in the Karauli district of Rajasthan where a 50-year-old temple priest named Babulal Vaishnav was burned to death. The incident took place in the Sapotra region of the district. According to the reports, six people who were believed to be land Mafia poured kerosene and petrol and set him on fire. Later with burn injuries, he was taken to the Burn Department in Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital in Jaipur where he couldn't survive the attack for long and died the same day.

He was the priest of the Radhagovind temple in the village. On October 8 (Thursday) six people who were trying to take over the temple land were resisted by him. They poured kerosene and petrol on him and set him on fire. After that, he was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. He had suffered burn injuries. Before his death, the Hindu priest had named 6 people for setting him on fire. In the viral video of the incident, he can be seen having injuries all over his body, sitting on a hospital bed. He can also be heard crying with the pain.

As the case falls under Sapotra Police jurisdiction, one accused named Kailash Meena has been arrested and investigations are going on to nab others. Locals have informed that some people from a local community wanted to invade upon the land, where the Hindu priest was constructing his house. When he opposed them, he was set on fire.

The local people are demanding justice for the priest. One of the local activists pointed out the negligence of the Rajasthan government. He also said that the administration and the Rajasthan government is sleeping, despite the monstrous case. Until they don't take any demonstration they will not take any action. He also warned that Negligence will not be tolerated in the case. Else, they will be forced to hit the streets.

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