Man attacks Rajasthan temple priest over WhatsApp rumours about President Kovind’s visit
President Kovind, who was on a recent trip to Pushkar, offered prayers on the temple’s doorstep since his wife had a knee problem. However, few people circulated messages on WhatsApp that Kovind was not being permitted to enter the temple premises.india Updated: May 29, 2018 12:59 IST
A man disguised as a devotee attacked a priest of a Brahma temple in Rajasthan’s Pushkar district for allegedly not allowing President Ram Nath Kovind to enter the sanctum sanctorum, police said on Tuesday.
The accused, Ashok Meghwal, stood in a queue and attacked the priest Mahadevpuri as soon as his turn came to offer prayers.
According to Pushkar station incharge Mahaveer Sharma, Meghwal who claims to be a doctor, was mentally unstable.
The President, who was on a recent trip to Pushkar, offered prayers on the temple’s doorstep since his wife had a knee problem.
However, few people circulated messages on WhatsApp that Kovind was not being permitted to enter the temple premises.
Man attacks priest in Pushkar's Brahma temple alleging that the priest stopped President Kovind from entering the temple. The victim says, 'I wasn't present on that day, otherwise I'd have ensured that he sees the temple. As per Police accused is mentally challanged, #Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/xyudlHZdbd— ANI (@ANI) May 29, 2018
The attack was caught on camera and the footage went viral where the accused is seen waving his sharp-edged weapon for a few minutes scaring other devotees.
This attack has raised several questions on the security arrangements of the temple where each and every devotee needs to go through a metal detector test to enter the premises.
First Published: May 29, 2018 12:57 IST