New Delhi: In a horrific reminder of the Palghar incident, two priests were on Tuesday found brutally murdered at a temple in Pagona village of Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. Their bodies, mutilated, were recovered from the temple premises, the police said. Also Read - Panic Grips Locals After Dead Bodies Found Buried in Sand Along Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao

According to police reports, the suspect had stolen the belongings of the deceased priests – Jagdish alias Rangi Das and Sher Singh alias Seva Das – a few days ago following which the priests scolded him. In a fit of anger over it, he murdered them today using a sharp weapon and mutilated their bodies. Also Read - UP Witnesses Continuous Decline In New COVID Cases, State Reports 18,125 Fresh Patients in Last 24 Hours

The murder came to light when people reached the temple on Tuesday morning and saw the blood-soaked bodies.

The accused suspect has been arrested by the UP Police. Further interrogation and investigation is underway. Additional forces have also been deployed in the area.

These murders come almost a fortnight after the Palghar lynching in Maharashtra, where two ‘sadhus’ and their driver, proceeding from Nashik to Surat, were cornered and lynched by a 200-strong mob outside Gadchinchle village on April 16 night. Police had rushed to stop it but failed.