Mandya: Murder of three priests - Culprits arrested after police open fire

Daijiworld Media Network - Mandya (SP)

Mandya, Sep 14: Relating to the macabre murder of three priests of Lord Arakeshwara temple here by thieves who took away money found in the boxes of offerings kept inside the temple, the police have succeeded in arresting the accused.

In a pre-dawn operation launched on Monday September 14, the police fired at the legs of the fleeing thieves and took them into custody.

The three accused were sleeping at the bus shelter situated at Sadolalu in Maddur taluk when the policemen rounded themup and asked them to surrender. But the accused attacked the police and tried to run away. The police immediately fired at their legs and arrested them. The injured accused stand admitted into the Maddur taluk hospital. A police sub-inspector and two police personnel who were injured in the attack by the accused too were admitted into hospital, sources stated.

Reportedly the thieves were living in a shed they had pltched in a desolate spot in Huligerepura in Toppanahalli Sadolalu. District superintendent of police, K Parashuram, gave this informaion.

He said that the accused were asked to surrender and warning shots were fired in the air. But the accused began to attack the police instead of surrendering. Therefore, the police had to fire at and arrest the accused, he said. He also sated that complete details of the accused would be provided soon.

"Three accused were arrested after police shot at and injured them in self-defence when they attacked our men at Sodolalu village in Maddur taluk of the district earlier in the day, while trying to escape from a bus stop," Mandya inspector B S Shivanna said.

"Accused Manju, Vijay, and Chandru were rushed to a state-run hospital at Mandya for treatment of bullet injuries in their legs," said Shivanna.

A sub-inspector and two constables were also injured in the operation and are under treatment.

The three were traced after their accomplices Abhijit and Raghu were arrested on Sunday evening at Guttalu village, where the three priests of Sri Arkeshwara Swamy temple were murdered on the September 10-11 night and cash from donation boxes looted.

The temple in question belongs to muzai department. Three priests of the temple, Ganesh (35), Prakash (36) and Anand (33), who offered puja at the temple, were sleeping inside the temple at night for the security of the temple when they were brutally killed by the thieves on Thursday night. The thieves took away only the currency notes found inside the donation boxes. They had thrown away the coins in the temple premises.

Chief minister, B S Yediyurappa, has alreaday announced compensation of five lac rupees to the families of the slain priests. State muzrai minister, Kota Srinivas Poojary, handed over the cheque to the family of the deceased on Saturday.



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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Just encounter them
    File close

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    This news do not confirm that those who were shot in the legs are the culprits...!!!???? Police had to make someone scapegoats...and it is done as of now.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Good they caught the culprits.For me it is still not clear how come police go to sleeping trios in shed.It is certainly not written on their stirn,they were thieves.someone must have given the tip?To get promised money?well whatever it is they are now caught,only have to charge on them ,make case and lock inside ,if not escape from police must now have to be careful not to escape from toilet windows.

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  • Paul, mangalore

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    *The three accused were sleeping at the bus shelter situated at Sadolalu in Maddur taluk*
    What nonsense ...You think thieves will.sleep like this open after they muder ..??They would fled away from.that place with the money
    Sounds Fishy.

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  • paccchu, pumpwell

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Dear Paul,
    Fishy or fish,
    What police done is worth to appreciate.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    All police did was shoot some poor migrants sleeping in the rough. They have neither proved guilt nor recovered any evidence. All places with money should have cctv cameras by law.

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  • Wilfred, Karnataka

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    investigate thoroughly but one thing, by NAMES of culprits they might be declared as Mentally Unstable and may get release !

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    They should have been Shot in the Head ...

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Please expose them who are they? need to know and in future public has to give nice treatment to them if they released from our court n great democratic law!!!

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Oh, may have taken them to access their mental stability. Only after that their identity will be revealed.

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  • CA girishkk, M'lore/DXB

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    No doubt at all....., Insiders job....,
    The reported narratives sounds filmsy....,

    Must be the handi work of jobless youths...., Acche din... !!!

    Chowkidara of the temple should be interrogated..., clear case of derilection of duty....,, Ho sakta hai.... Chowkidara hi Chor hai...!!!

    Chai time

    Jai hind

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    It was very unfortunate for the priests who lost their lives without fighting against thieves due to their sleep and negligence. This can happen for anyone, because during sleep anything can happen for anybody. Absolutely not in our control. So we can only mourn for priests demise without any chai etc.

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    But now the government and chowkidar is sleeping and jobless are doing all these robberies to get acche din

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