Vrindavan, 2017.06.27 (VT): Last week the sadhus of an ashram in Vrindavan were poisoned by their new cook, Bharat Sharma, so that he could rob the ashram. It was recently suggested that the poison he used was bhang, a drug made from the buds and leaves of the cannabis plant.
Bharat allegedly added the bhang to a pot of moong dal with spinach. Excessive boiling may have increased the intensity of the drug, so that it became like poison. Due to the awful taste, the sadhus only ate a little of the dal, which may have saved their lives. Even so, they all fell unconscious and were later admitted to the hospital. Several were placed in ICU.
According to police reports, Bharat made off with four lakh rupees in cash, as well as lakhs worth of gold and silver goods. However, upon his arrest, Bharat was found with only 10,000 rupees and a few silver dishes. He claims to have thrown the rest in the Chambal river.
Meanwhile, Bharat Sharma has been implicated in another robbery which occurred at Kishori Niwas on 16 September, 2014, in which more than 10 lakh in cash, about 250 grams of gold and 281 silver coins were stolen.
Source: Amar Ujala
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