Why did Budaun police take so long to catch rape-accused Temple priest?

Alert locals caught the accused who was hiding in the same village, and handed him over to the police


People of Ughaiti, in  Budaun, an area now in the news for being the place where the 50-year-old anganwadi worker was brutally gang raped and killed, have nabbed the temple priest accused of the crime. The man was hiding in the same village where the heinous crime took place, reportedly at the home of a disciple. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the locals apprehended the priest accused of rape and murder, and then handed him over to the cops, who arrested him. 

The HT quoted police officials as saying that the accused priest was “about to leave the village” when he was nabbed by alert locals. The priest used to live in the temple where the woman was gang-raped and murdered on Sunday night. He has been booked along with his two aides for the ghastly crime. The aides were arrested on Wednesday, and a cash reward of Rs 50,000 was announced for his arrest.


According to the news report, the temple priest is a native of Aonla area of Bareilly district, who moved to Budaun seven years ago and started living in the temple. The complaint has reportedly stated that the victim went to the temple located on the outskirts of her village on Sunday afternoon and did not return. “Later, in the night, the priest and his two aides brought her body to her house in a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and informed the family members that she fell into the dry well on the temple premises. They then left the place hurriedly,” stated the news report.

According to a report in The Outlook, the woman’s husband said she had gone to the temple worship on Sunday but never returned. The family members, informed police and the body was taken for a post-mortem examination on Monday evening, and the brutal rape was confirmed. It was also stated that the victim had suffered “a rib fracture and her left lung was also damaged because of heavy force.” The chief medical officer, Budaun, Dr Yashpal Singh said the woman died of trauma and excessive bleeding. Meanwhile, the Station House Officer (SHO) of the area has been suspended for dereliction of duty and the district magistrate has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the family of the deceased.


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