On September 11, three priests were found brutally murdered in the courtyard of Sri Arakeshwara temple at Guttalu on the outskirts of Mandya city in Karnataka. All three priests were cousins. Their bodies were found by the villagers in a pool of blood with their heads crushed with boulders.
Three Priests Found Brutally Murdered At Mandya Temple
The deceased priests were identified as Anand aged 40, Ganesh (49) and Prakash (50). The three were working at the temple and used to sleep on the temple premises. The police said that the three used to sleep there for security reasons.
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Police said that the three priests were killed while they were asleep as there is no evidence of any resistance. Main motive behind the murder was robbery as three hundis were found outside the temple and all the money and offerings were looted. The miscreants also ransacked the sanctum sanctorum of the temple in search of more valuables and cash, the police said.
With the help of sniffer dogs and forensic experts, Mandya police, are trying to collect evidence from the crime scene and nab the accused. A case has also been registered at the Mandya East police station.
IGP (Southern Range) Vipul Kumar rushed from Mysuru and visited the crime scene.