New Delhi: In yet another shocking incident, three priests of Arakeshwara temple in Mandya were allegedly bludgeoned to death by a gang during a robbery bid. The incident took place on Thursday night when the priests, who lived on the temple premises, were asleep. Also Read - BJP Team Reshuffle: 'Served For 40 Years & Got Shunted Out': Bengal Leader Rahul Sinha Hints at Rebellion

The police said that the gang decamped with currency notes in the ”hundi” (donation box). However, the coins in the box were intact. Also Read - MATCH HIGHLIGHTS Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2020 Match 8: Gill, Morgan Power KKR to 7-wicket Win vs Sunrisers

All senior police officials, including the Inspector General of police, reached the spot. They found the bodies of the priests, identified as Ganesh, Prakash and Anand in a pool of blood with their heads crushed. Reports claimed that the three deceased were cousins. Also Read - KKR vs SRH IPL 2020 Match Report: Shubman Gill, Eoin Morgan Power Kolkata Knight Riders to Clinical Seven-wicket Win Over Sunrisers Hyderabad

Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, in a tweet said that that it is very disturbing to learn that the priests of the Arakeshwara temple in Mandya, Ganesh, Prakash and Anand have been murdered by the burglars.

He also announced an exgratia of Rs five lakh next to the kin of each of the deceased. “A compensation of Rs 5 lakh per family of slain temple priests will be given. Immediate legal action will be initiated against the guilty”, BSY added.