Residents of a locality in Nurmahal town on Tuesday beat up a priest at a temple after he allegedly sexually assaulted a girl suffering from smallpox.
The priest was handed over to a police control room party, which took him to police station. He was, however, released on the intervention of prominent citizens.
As per information, a girl from a nearby village along with her mother came to the temple to seek the priest's blessing for cure of the disease. The priest took her inside a room and locked it. He allegedly asked the girl to undress for treatment and after spraying some powder on her body, the priest allegedly started sexually assaulting the victim who raised an alarm. Locals rushed the temple and beat up the priest and informed a PCR team, which immediately reached the spot and took the suspect to police station.
Sources said political leaders of all parties intervened to save the priest .The girl did not lodge any complaint against the priest as she is getting married soon.