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Priest 'murder': 3 suspects sent to custody

india Updated: Jan 11, 2008 21:05 IST

A court in Mumbai on Friday remanded three accused, including builder AS Lakdawala, to police custody till Januay 16 in connection with the alleged murder of a Buddhist priest.

The accused sent to police custody are Lakdawala, Vivek Kolekar and Arun Kamble.

The fourth accused, Manohar Jadhav, was sent to police custody till January 16 on Thursday. The four were summoned to the police station for enquiry.

Bhadante Sanghraj Thairo (75) was found hanging at his home in Buddha Vihar in suburban Deonar on Sunday. Alleging foul play, protestors took to the streets destroying public and private property in different pockets of the city for two days.

The Buddha Vihar is located on a piece of prime land opposite the Deonar abattoir and was being developed by Lakdawala builders into a multi-storeyed structure. Over 100 shanties were demolished to make the way for the building but the Vihar priests were reportdely refusing to relocate.

Colleagues of Thairo suspected foul play due to the opposition to the redevelopment and filed a case of murder naming the four as suspects.

They also refused to accept the body of Thairo even after two post-mortems till an assurance was given from the government that the suspects would be arrested. Thairo was cremated amidst heavy security on Tuesday.