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Former sevadar turns out to be main conspirator


Accused planted explosive to trap temple’s main priest

Indore : City crime branch on Saturday arrested former ‘Sevadar’ of Veereshwar Hanuman Mandir of Kandilpura in connection with case of recovering explosives from the temple premises recently. The accused had hatched a conspiracy with his friend to frame false case against the main priest of the temple. The police are search for his associate.

ASP (crime) Amrendra Singh informed that Ramdas Maharaj was the main priest of the temple and two years ago he passed away. One Janak Singh Kushwaha, a resident of Chauthi Paltan was working as Sevadar in the temple for the last 10 years and wanted to continue in the same capacity after the death of Maharaj.

However, the Sadhu Samaj had decided to appoint Devakinandan Maharaj as main priest and Sevadar of the temple but Kushwaha continued to interfere in the working of Devakinanadn Maharaj and did not handover the charges of temple to him. Along with Sevadari, Kushwaha is into business of scrap and had constructed a godown near with the temple.

Devakinandan Maharaj and other persons of temple had opposed Kushwaha interference in working and removed him from the works of temple two months ago. Besides, his entry in the temple was also banned by Devakinandan Maharaj. After that, Janak and his associate Radheshyam Patidar hatched a conspiracy to trap Maharaj in some case and if he could be sent to jail, then Janak would not have to return temple’s 240 gram gold and Rs 5 lakh cash and temple’s administration will come under his control once again.

With this intention, the do went to Ratlam in a car and brought detonator and other explosive materials from there. With the help of a duplicate key, they kept explosives on the temple premises. When Devakinandan Maharaj arrived in temple, with the help of duplicate Sim Janak informed crime branch about the explosive materials. Soon after receiving information, the crime branch team reached there and seized explosive materials from the temple premises and registered a case under relevant Sections of Explosive Act 1884.

Seeing the seriousness of the crime, SP (West) Manish Agrawal instructed to conduct investigation and arrest the accused. The crime branch interrogated Devakinandan Maharaj and others connected to the temple. they told police that Janak could have done this. After that, the crime branch team arrested Janak and after strict interrogations, he admitted the crime. Another accused Radheshyam is still at large and police are searching for him.