Warangal: People of a village in Telangana on Monday dug up 20 feet pit in the National Highway connecting Warangal to Hyderabad in search of a Shivalinga.
According to them, a man dreamt of Shivalinga being buried underground in that particular area, villagers including the municipal vice-chairman ‘excavated’ a fully functional and important highway.
The Police had intervened lately in their Shivalinga search mission as they had already damaged the public property by digging up a national highway.
It was a criminal abuse of public property when residents of Pembarthy village in Jangaon decided to believe anything that 30-year-old Lakhan Manoj had to say, reported OneIndia.
Manoj claimed that he saw Lord Shiva in his dreams who conveyed to him that a Shivalinga was buried near the village. He told the village leaders that the Linga had to be excavated and a temple to be built in the same place.
Carried away by his claims, the villagers agreed to dig up a National Highway where the Linga was supposedly buried in his dream.
Six people including the village leader were arrested for damaging public property. The police were outraged at the confidence the locals showed towards Manoj’s claims to have dreamt about a buried Shivalinga.
“Investigation is on and we understand that the villagers trusted this man’s claims of a Shivalinga being buried at the spot. We have closed the pit, for now, to ensure smooth traffic flow and action against those arrested will be initiated,” said West Zone DCP T Venkanna.