Understanding the vulnerability of the situation, Home Minister R R Patil himself visited Deonar to meet the protesting locals and assured them that if proven guilty action will be taken against the builder being accused of the Buddhist priest’s murder. His assurance calmed the crowds and helped in carrying out the last rites of the priest in a peaceful atmosphere. All hell broke loose at Deonar on Sunday when the body of a Buddhist priest was found hanging at his residence at suspicious manner. The locals went up in arms against the local builder developing the SRA scheme for conspiring the priests’ murder. When the first post mortem report of Rajawadi Hospital showed no mischief, locals demanded another post mortem report at J. J. Hospital. As word of poisoning the priest before hanging him went around, it was being perceived that the last rites ceremony might see violence. To ensure that the crowds do not get violent, Home Minister R R Patil personally visited Deonar and assured the locals that justice will be served. Speaking to the media he said that a case against the builder has been filed. He hinted that if the J J Hospital report specified that it was not suicide, action would be taken against local policemen and doctors at Rajawadi Hospital. Home Minister R R Patil presence at volatile Deonar has definitely helped peace prevail but unless the locals get an explanation for the suspicious manner in which the priest died, there is reason for worry. A NMTV Bureau report.
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