Police in the Nanded district of Maharashtra started a search in a village early Sunday for a 25-year-old drug addict who allegedly killed two people, including a 33-year-old sadhu (seer).
Locals discovered the bodies of Swami Rudra Pratap Maharaj and Bhagwan Shinde (50) in Sri Nirvani Math in the village of Nagthana and informed the police about the murders.
Vijay Kumar Magar, the superintendent of the Nanded Police, confirmed the killings.
“The accused Sainath Lingare lives in the same village in Nagthana and was able to flee. We were looking for him, ”said Magar.
Magar said Lingare is addicted to drugs and has been booked for car theft in the past. He also said Lingare and Shinde knew each other and they were seen together on Saturday night.
According to the preliminary investigation, Lingare apparently intended to break into the ashram, but Shinde did not support him, so he strangled him in a fit of anger on Sunday at around 1 a.m., Magar said.
Lingare then came to the ashram and killed the sadhu in his room at 4 am by strangling him. There were three to four people in the ashram, but they slept in another room and did not hear the turmoil.
Magar said Langare fled the site after killing the Sadhu.
There is also a sign of injury to Shinde's body and the police are trying to find out what Lingare used to kill him, Magar added.
Umri police have recorded a murder case against Lingare, sections 302 (murder), 201 (disappearance of evidence of a crime or incorrect information to the screening offender), 452 (trespassing after preparation for injury, assault or harm) Illegal Restraint) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Umri police asked if valuables were missing from the ashram, the official added.
The murders occur more than a month after three people, including two seers, were lynched by a mob in Gadchinchale village, Palghar District.
More than 160 people, including minors, were arrested by the state criminal investigation team investigating the Palghar lynching.