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Updated December 17th, 2023 at 23:17 IST

Priest shot dead, eyes gouged out in Bihar's Gopalganj enraging locals

The priest, identified as Manoj Kumar, was reportedly missing since Monday night and his body was found on Saturday evening from the bushes in Bihar's Gopalganj

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The priest went missing on Monday and his body was recovered on Saturday evening. | Image:PTI
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The tale of a gruesome murder has come to light from Bihar's Gopalganj. A 32-year-old priest was shot dead and his eyes were gouged out by the killers. Reports also say that his private parts were chopped off. 

The priest, identified as Manoj Kumar, was reportedly missing since Monday night and his body was found on Saturday evening from the bushes in the town.

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Notably, the deceased was last seen leaving a temple in Danapur village at around midnight before disappearing. The police launched an investigation to locate his whereabouts after his family registered a complaint.

The late priest's brother Ashok was a divisional president of the BJP and Gopalganj is on the edge after the recovery of the dead body. The incident has triggered clashes between the aggravated locals and the police, leaving two officers injured. 

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Enraged locals blocked the NH-27 with the body for about 10 hours last evening. Stones were also pelted by the locals after the Police tried to disperse the crowd with lathicharge.

Although, the situation was pacified by senior police officials who rushed to the spot after clashes broke out. Gopalganj Sadar Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Pranjal said everything is under control in the village and that adequate forces have been deployed to keep law and order intact. 

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“The affected routes including the highway have been cleared. Locals had thrown stones at the police officials. In this case, an FIR will be registered, and further action will be taken," he said.

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Reacting to the gruesome murder, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla called out CM Nitish Kumar for the 'jungle raj' in Bihar.

"A young priest was shot dead in Bihar's Gopalganj. After five days, his body was recovered. Neither the priests are safe nor the police. They are beaten by the Mafia. There is a return of 'Jungle Raj' in the state," Poonawalla said. 

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"This is model we have seen in Congress run Rajasthan, MVA run Maharashtra and now Bihar. INDI means danger for Sadhus and Pujaris,” said Poonawalla.

(With inputs from Madhurima Mishra)

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Published December 17th, 2023 at 16:16 IST

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