Ballia (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 4 (IANS) A mahant (head priest) of the Nath sect escaped narrowly and a priest accompanying him was injured when two unidentified men pelted stones at their vehicle in Ballia district
The incident occurred near Mundera village late on Monday when Mahant Kaushalendra Giri, along with Tunna Baba, were on their way to a wedding in their SUV, when about half a dozen people accosted them and pelted stones at their vehicle.
Giri escaped with minor injuries and Tunna Baba was also injured. Their SUV was severely damaged.
Giri heads the Matth in the Rasada area and is said to be close to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who heads the Nath sect at Goraksh Peeth in Gorakhpur.
Inspector Surendra Nath said a case has been registered against unidentified people following a complaint by Giri.
The incident comes two days after another hindu leader Ranjit Bachchan was shot dead in Lucknow.