A temple priest was arrested late in the evening on Saturday for sodomising a minor in Lehnu village in Trikri area of Udhampur.
According to reports, a well known 'mahant' of a temple situated at village Lehnu on the Jammu-Srinagar highway was arrested by the police on allegations of sexual assault of a minor boy who is under treatment at Government Medical College, Jammu.
As per the police, a few members of a Jammu-based NGO filed an FIR at Tikri police station demanding the arrest of mahant Kamal Giri alleging that he had sexually assaulted a minor boy in his ashram for several days.
Keeping in view the serious nature of allegations being levelled, Tikri SHO Nishant Gupta rushed to the spot and recorded the statement of the victim. The victim alleged that he had been sozomised by the 'mahant' for days together, and was not allowed to go outside. The police arrested the mahant and registered a case under Section 377 of the Ranbir Panel Code. The victim's condition is stated to be out of danger.