Man attacks Pushkar temple priest in daylight

Man attacks Pushkar temple priest in daylight

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In a bizarre incident, a man, disguised as a devotee, tried to attack a priest at the famous Brahma temple in Pushkar on Monday for reportedly not allowing President Ram Nath Kovind to enter the temple premises. However, no injury was caused. 

The President, who was on a two-day tour to Rajasthan two weeks ago, had visited Ajmer and Pushkar to offer prayers. 

However, he did not enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple as his wife was unable to climb stairs due to a ligament problem.

The incident took place after some people in Pushkar circulated the rumour on WhatsApp and social media that President Kovind was not permitted to enter the temple by the priest.

According to Mahaveer Sharma, the investigating officer at the Pushkar police station, said, "The accused, identified as Ashok Meghwal, stood in a queue like any other devotee. And as soon as his turn came to offer prayers, he tried to hit the priest".

The incident was captured in a CCTV camera and a few people present there recorded the incident on their mobile phones.

According to the police, the weapon used by accused was sharp-edged.

The attack has raised several questions on the security arrangements at the famous and only Brahma temple in the world. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees from across the world.