A 61-year-old priest was arrested for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl at his daughter’s home, located within temple premises, Bengaluru Police said on Thursday.

According to the police, the accused has been identified as Venkataramanappa, a resident of Chikkaballapura, who was looking after the temple in the absence of his son-in-law.

On Tuesday evening, Venkataramanappa saw the girl playing outside the temple and allegedly lured her by promising to give sweets. He took her to his daughter’s house, which is adjacent to the temple, and raped her, C K Baba, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast), said.

After she did not return home till evening, the girl’s mother began to make enquires in the neighborhood. “After asking about her daughter around the temple, a vendor who sells flowers in front of the temple told the mother that he saw the girl going to the priest’s house,” C K Baba added.

The mother along with neighbors went to the priest’s house and found the girl crying outside. They immediately informed the police after she narrated the incident to her mother.

“Based on CCTV camera footage in the temple premises, medical report and the flower vendor’s statement Venkataramanappa was arrested on Wednesday and booked under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, and also under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code,” CK Baba said.

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Lucknow: A 46-year-old government hospital employee in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad died on Sunday evening, 24 hours after receiving a Covid vaccine shot. The district's Chief Medical Officer has said the death is unrelated to vaccination.

Ward Boy Mahipal Singh died after complaining of chest congestion and breathlessness. According to his family, he had been unwell before the jab.

"He was vaccinated on Saturday around noon. On Sunday he felt breathless and complained of chest congestion. We are inquiring into the reasons of the death. We will get a post mortem done. It does not seem to be a reaction to vaccination. He did night duty on Saturday too and there were no problems," MC Garg, Moradabad's chief medical officer, told reporters late last night.

The post mortem report reveals the immediate cause of death as "cardiogenic shock/septicemic shock" due to "cardio-pulmonary disease", according to the Uttar Pradesh government.

The man's son told the media he may have been unwell before the vaccination, but that he felt worse after receiving the shot. "My father left the vaccination centre around 1.30 pm, I brought him home. He was feeling breathless and he was coughing. He had a bit of pneumonia, the usual cough and cold, but he started feeling worse after returning home," Mahipal Singh's son Vishal told the media. 

In a press release, the UP govt said it vaccinated 22,643 people on Saturday, day 1 of India's Covid Vaccination drive. The next day of vaccination in Uttar Pradesh is Friday, January 22.