Family of Rajasthan priest, who was burnt alive, refuses to cremate body
Family members of a priest from Karauli district in Rajasthan who died of burn injuries after he was allegedly attacked by five persons who wanted to encroach on a temple land in Karauli district and set on fire, have refused to cremate the remains until the state government pays heed to their demands, reports say.
According to reports, the 55-year-old man, identified as Babu Lal Vaishnav was the priest of a temple in Bukna village in Rajasthan. The five accused allegedly poured petrol on Babu Lal and set him on fire on Wednesday. He was admitted to the Sawai Man Singh Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, as per reports.
The family have demanded Rs 50 lakh as compensation and a government job at the fulfillment of which they would perform the last rites of the body, reports claim.
Reports also state that the police registered a case of attempt to murder against the five accused which was later converted to that of murder after the demise of the priest. A team led by an additional superintendent of police have been conducting investigation and arrested two while searching for the other accused. The priest's mortal remains were taken to the village after postmortem to hand it over to the family on Friday, reports say.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Om Prakash Meena have reached Babulal's village to request the family cremate the body.
"People gathered for his last rites. They have made some demands from the administration and state government. We are requesting the priest's family to perform last rites as two days have passed since the death," the official said.
The incident have been taken up by politicians to set up an agenda with members of the Bharatiya Janata Party pointed fingers at the Congress-ruled Rajasthan state government by accusing it of having no control over the law and order of the state.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar said while blaming the Congress party, "Instead of going to different places on political tourism, he should take cognizance of heinous crimes against women and apologise to the people of Rajasthan that their government has failed."
The chief minister of the state, Ashok Gehlot took to Twitter to deplore the act and assured the family that perpetrators will be brought to justice.
"The murder of Babulal Vaishnav ji in Sapotra, Karauli is extremely unfortunate and condemnable, such acts have no place in civilized society. The government of Rajasthan is with the bereaved families in this sad time. The main accused of the incident has been arrested and action is on. The guilty will not be spared," Gehlot tweeted in Hindi.