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Under stress to leave temple, priest attempts suicide in Jaipur

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Jaipur, Aug 18: A case of a temple priest setting himself on fire has come to light, where according to reports, he suffered severe burns after attempting suicide.

The priest was under stress of repeatedly being forced by the temple trust to vacate the premises.

Under stress to leave temple, priest attempts suicide in Jaipur

The incident happened in Murlipura Police Station area, they said.

The priest, Giriraj Sharma, set himself afire by sprinkling some inflammable substance over him outside the residence of the temple committee's former president Moolchand Maan, they said.

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Sharma sustained 80 per cent burns and is currently undergoing treatment at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital, they said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (west) Vandita Rana said, preliminary investigation has revealed that Sharma was being forced by the temple trust to leave the temple.

According to police, Sharma, who was living with his family in the temple premises, was under stress because of the continued pressure.

A case has been registered against three-four people on the basis of a complaint lodged by the victim's wife, Rana said.

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Police said a forensic team was called to collect evidence from the spot and CCTV footage from cameras in and around the area are being scanned.

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