A letter petition has been addressed to the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court, Indrajit Mahanty, seeking a central investigation agency probe into an incident where a temple priest died after being set afire over a land dispute. The dispute arose after the priest’s efforts to stop temple land encroachment.
The priest, whose statement before the Rajasthan police has been recorded, said six people poured petrol on his bales of bajra (millet) which were lying at the disputed land and set it on fire on Wednesday. He claimed they also poured petrol on him and tried to set him on fire. Suffering burn injuries, he was rushed to Jaipur’s SMS Hospital where he died on Thursday evening.
Supreme Court advocate Pawan Prakash Pathak has now addressed a letter to the Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice, stating that it is the primary duty of State to provide protection of every citizen and to preserve human dignity through various facilities and conditions.