The Bihar Post

Indian temple priest sells crowns of Hindu deities to buy alcohol, jailed

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PATNA: Police in the eastern Indian state of Bihar have arrested a temple priest and sent him to jail after he sold off the crowns of Hindu deities to buy liquor bottles form a local shop.

The arrested man identified as Dhiraj Mishra was acting as a priest at Ram Janaki temple at Ahiyapur village in Muzaffarpur district.

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The priest had stolen two silver crowns of the Gods from the temple and sold them in the market to buy some liquor bottles.

[/media-credit] Recovered silver crowns of deities sold for buying liquor by the temple priest in Muzaffarpur
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Reports said the local villagers were shocked when they found the silver crowns missing from the heads of the deities and suspected involvement of the priest after he began creating nuisance under the influence of liquor.

The priest confessed his involvement in the crown theft after the police exerted pressures. The police have recovered the crowns and also seized some liquor bottles from the temple.

Liquor is available in Bihar even as the eastern Indian state has imposed total prohibition since April 2016.

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