Sadhus Killed For Opposing Cow Slaughter

On the morning of 15 August 2018, three resident sadhus at the centuries-old Shiva temple were found in a pool of blood, their hands and legs tied to their cots and multiple stab wounds on their necks and other body parts. Ramsharan (56) hailed from Bibipur village in Bidhuna, while the other two - Lajja Ram (65) and Halke Ram (53) - were residents of nearby towns namely Airwa Katra and Bakewar. Inside the Shri Bhayanaknath temple in Kudarkot village in Auraiya Inside the Shri Bhayanaknath temple in Kudarkot village in Auraiya Snapshot Eight months after three sadhus were killed in a barbaric way in a temple in Auraiya’s Kudarkot village, communal tension is still palpable. The case is a clear example of religious bias in reporting of hate crimes, and in the state’s subsequent response to it. On entering Bidhuna town in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh, the first person I stop by for help with directions happens to be a saffron-clad sadhu. He knows the route to the village, Kudarkot, he has heard of the famous temple, Shri Bhayanaknath, but he does not know that three sadhus were brutally murdered there in sleep by cow smugglers just eight months ago. I immediately regret sharing the last bit of information with the sadhu, who says his name is Dharamdas and that he hails from Barauna Kalan, a village less than eight kilometers from Kudarkot. Perhaps sensing my regret, he says "jo aya hai wo jayega" (one who has come will go), and calmly walks away. On the morning of 15 August 2018, three resident sadhus at the centuries-old Shiva temple were found in a pool of blood, their hands and legs tied to their cots and multiple stab wounds on their necks and other body parts. Ramsharan (56) hailed from Bibipur village in Bidhuna, while the other two - Lajja Ram (65) and Halke Ram (53) - were residents of nearby towns namely Airwa Katra and and Bakewar. (Left) Photos of the mutilated bodies of sadhus. (right) Entrance to the temple (Left) Photos of the mutilated bodies of sadhus. (right) Entrance to the temple The state police later arrested five men from the adjoining 'kasaayi mohalla' (butchers' colony). Those arrested- identified as Salman, Nadeem, Shahzad, Najeem and Jabbar - said they carried out the barbaric murders in revenge; the sadhus had recently tipped off the police about their illegal cow smuggling and slaughtering activities. They chopped off Lajja Ram's tongue as a signal to people for complaining against cow smuggling, the police told the media.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Place of worship
Number of victims 3 Identity of victim Hindu
Location of incident Place of worship Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Other Details of the FIR

Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Satisfactory :Cops later found that the killings were carried out by relatives of those arrested and their accomplices. Current status Under investigation
Charges Filed Other details
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Main Information
Date of incident: August 15, 2018
Nature of Violence
  • Murder/Lynch
  • Causal factors
  • Cow Related Violence
  • Number of people Killed 2
    Name of the victim : Ramsharan (56) , Lajja Ram (65) and Halke Ram (53)
    Name of Perpetrator Salman, Nadeem, Shahzad, Najeem , Jabbar and other realtives
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Auraiya
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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