In search of Shiva Lingam, man digs up highway in Telangana

Srinagar, June 8: A Telangana man dug up a 15-feet well on the National Highway 163 that connects Hyderabad and Warangal. Manoj, who is a self-proclaimed seer, had claimed that he was “visited” by Lord Shiva in his dreams and was “asked” by Shiva to look for the Lingam. The incident took place at Pembarthi of Jangaon district, Hindustan Times reported yesterday.

The man, identified as 30-year-old Lakhan Manoj,  was arrested by the police on Monday, the report added.

Along with him, a village sarpanch, a municipal vice chairman and a local Congress leader have also been taken to custody for helping him in the act, the report said.

According to a report in The Hindu, special prayers were conducted before the digging began and curious villagers participated in the excavation. However, even after digging 20 feet, they could not find anything as police later arrived on the scene and arrested them. The excavation created a traffic jam on the national highway.

“How can these village elders believe him and take up digging of the road? We have booked cases against them….We shall fill up the pit with the help of Roads and Buildings department and recover the cost from the villagers,” Jangaon deputy commissioner of police T Venkanna told Hindustan Times.

Venkanna also added that Manoj apparently told the villagers that Lord Shiva has been visiting him for the past five years and asked him up that particular spot near Pembarthi.

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