Priest Satyanand, the main accused in the Badaun gangrape-murder case has been sent to judicial custody for 10 days. The two other accused in the case had already been arrested and sent to jail.  

On 3rd January, Satyanand, a temple priest and his two aides allegedly gang-raped and murdered a 50-year-old anganwadi worker in the Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh. Then, they took the body of the woman to her home and told the family that she fell into a well in the temple. The woman was admitted to the hospital but she died due to excessive blood loss and multiple fractures. 

Later the post-mortem report revealed that she was raped and she had fractures in the ribs and damage in the lungs due to heavy force. After that, the family members of the woman filed an FIR against the priest and his two associates.  

The police were continuously searching for them and an award of Rs. 50,000 had been announced for the arrest of Satyanand. Finally, the police arrested the two associates of the priest on Wednesday.  

The main accused, priest Satyanand, was arrested on Thursday from the house of his follower in the Ughaiti area of Badaun. On Friday, the local court remanded Satyanand in judicial custody till January 18. 

A senior police officer who was interrogating said that Satyanand is not clearly giving answers to the questions regarding the incident and is changing statements again and again. Now the three accused have been interrogated individually to know more about the sequence of events on the day of the incident. 

According to sources, Satyanand is a native of Aonla which is in the Bareilly district. He came to the village about 7 years ago and started living in a room on the temple premises. 

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