Rajasthan: Temple priest dies after burnt alive over land dispute; One arrested

A priest in Rajasthan’s Karauli district died due to burn injuries after he was attacked by few people over a land dispute.

The incident took place at Bukna village on Wednesday and the temple priest succumbed to his injuries on Thursday night.

According to the sources, Kailash Meena, the main accused in the case, was arrested while a search is underway to nab the other accused.

Babu Lal Vaishnav was burnt alive by a group of five people during a scuffle over a land dispute. He was referred to the SMS hospital in Jaipur in a critical condition. But, later succumbed to his injuries.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot termed the incident extremely unfortunate and condemnable and said the guilty would not be spared.

“The death of Babu Lal Vaishnav is extremely unfortunate and condemnable. Such acts have no place in a civilised society. The state government stands by the grieving family. The main accused has been arrested and a case is underway. The guilty will not be spared,” Gehlot tweeted.

Targeting the Congress government over the incident, the opposition BJP said that the law and order situation has worsened in the state.

“The crime incidents have increased in the state. People are living in fear while criminals have no fear,” BJP state president Satish Poonia said.