The Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested the temple priest, the main accused in the brutal Badaun gangrape and murder case, on Thursday night.
Satya Narayan, the temple Priest was found in a follower’s house in a nearby village in the district, according to the officials.
A temple priest was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday. He was arrested as he is the main accused in connection with the gang rape and murder of an Anganwadi worker in Badaun District on January 3.
According to the District Magistrate Kumar Prashant, the priest, identified as Satya Narayan, was found hiding in a follower’s house in a nearby village in the district.
Three men in Budaun district had allegedly raped and murdered the woman on Sunday. Two of the accused were arrested on Tuesday, while the priest was on the run.
Due to the laxity shown by the station house officer of Ughaiti police station, he was suspended after a preliminary inquiry found that he was negligent in handling the case.
The incident took place on Sunday night after she went to a local temple, but the first information report was filed only on Tuesday evening after the woman’s postmortem examination report revealed injuries in her genitalia.
The woman’s husband said that the woman, had left for the temple in the evening as usual but did not return till almost midnight. He said that the accused had brought her home in a car, claiming that she had fallen into a well.
He said, “My wife was alive by then,” the man said. “But before we could understand anything or ask any question, they left in the car. After a few minutes, my wife succumbed to the injuries.”
However, the woman’s son said his mother was dead when the men dropped her home. “They brought her on their own in a vehicle,” he said. “She was dead when they left her here. The priest and others dropped her at the door and left quickly.”
One of the accused gave a statement which was recorded in which he said that he and the others had rescued the woman from the well. He also claimed that the woman was alive when he dropped her home.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath has directed the officials to take strict action against the accused and has also directed the Bareilly additional director general of police (zone) to submit a report and instructed the state special task force to assist in the investigation.
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