Vrindavan, 2017.08.02 (VT): The security of Shri Banke Bihari Temple is being called into question after two shootings occurred within one week. The incidents do not appear to be related. The first incident occurred last Tuesday at around 11pm, when Shri Banke Bihari Lal’s sevayat Rohit Goswami was attacked at gunpoint in front of the temple.
Scene of the crime (P.C. Dainik Jagran)
The most recent incident occurred about 200 meters from the temple in Thakur gali, on the edge of the Dusayat neighborhood. A man named Aman Gautam was sitting at a shop in the area when he was attacked by a group of men, who beat him with sticks. One of the men then pulled out a gun and shot him in the arm.
The hoodlums proceeded to flee fearlessly on motorbikes, waving their weaponds in the air as they went. The sounds of gunshots panicked devotees, which resulted in a stampede in the temple area.
Luckily, the victim was able to identify six of his attackers, and police are searching for them. Security cameras were also installed at an ashram and a shop near the scene of the crime. The footage is currently under review.