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Darbhanga : The Chief Priest of Kankali Temple, Darbhanga Raj, in Darbhanga District in North Bihar, Rajeev Kumar Jha, 44, was shot dead by some criminals on October 14, 2021, early morning. The temple falls in Rambagh area at Darbhanga.

Police reached the place of occurrence soon after getting the information and arrested three of the accused but angry locals thrashed one of them to death and injured two others, said SHO, University Police station, Darbhanga.

The SHO said that Rajeev Kumar Jha probably had some dispute with the accused. Replying to a query, the SHO said that Rajeev Kumar Jha was shot dead around 4.30 am on October 14, 2021. He said the accused are not priests. The two arrested accused are undergoing treatment at a Hospital. The SHO said that the assailants are not locals.