Hindu Sadhus beaten up in Sangli, a repetition of the Palghar incident !

Hindu Janjagruti Samiti demands strict action against the culprits

In Palghar two years ago Hindu Sadhus were severely beaten up, which caused their death. This incident has not yet faded from our minds, and an incident occurs in Lavanga, Sangli that refreshes it again. A video is viral on social media of four Hindu Sadhus being beaten up by the locals. This incident is distasteful and makes tempers boil. The Maharashtra Government should take immediate cognition of it and take strict legal action against the guilty, demanded Hindu Janjagruti Samiti.

Four Sadhus of the Juna Akhada had come from Mathura (UP) in a Bolero car to Lavanga in Sangli District and were asking for directions to an address. It is said that the local people, thinking that the Sadhus intended to kidnap the children, thrashed and severely beat them up. Maharashtra is reputed to be land of Sadhus and Saints yet it is here that incidents of Sadhus being beaten up happen again and again, which is shameful for Maharashtra. It is never heard of such incidents occur with Muslim Maulana or to Christian Priests. Innocent Sadhus being beaten up in this manner is a shame to humanity. Hence the Government should take note of this fact. The Samiti’s press note also adds that if this happens with Hindu Sadhus repetitively in Maharashtra, the Government should take concrete steps to prevent repetition of such incidents.

Suspecting them to be child lifters, villagers rough up 4 sadhus in Sangli; seven held

Seven people have been arrested after a group of four sadhus (seers) hailing from Uttar Pradesh were allegedly roughed up by local residents of Lavangi village in Jat taluka of Sangli district in Maharashtra on Tuesday morning.

Police probe revealed that the villagers attacked the sadhus suspecting them to be a gang of criminals involved in kidnapping children. The arrests were made after an FIR in the case was lodged at Umadi police station Wednesday morning.

Police have identified the sadhus as Nemchand Nath Gosavi, Raju Gosavi, Pappu Gosavi and Premshankar Gosavi. Police said the four of them had gone to Karnataka for a pilgrimage in a car.

On their way back from Karnataka, they were heading towards the temple town of Pandharpur via Sangli district when, around 10.30 am on Tuesday, they stopped at Lavangi village to ask for directions.

A local youngster, who had earlier seen a video on child theft, suspected the sadhus to be a part of a gang involved in kidnapping children and informed other villagers about it, police said.

Soon, a number of villagers gathered at the spot and started thrashing the sadhus with belts. On receiving information, a team from Umadi police station rushed to the spot and rescued the seers. The cops took them to a hospital for treatment.

After treatment, the sadhus left for their journey without lodging any police complaint, saying “Bhagwan Unko Saja Dega (God will punish the assailants)”, police said. However, a video of sadhus being beaten up went viral on social media, causing ripples in social and political circles of the state.

Director General of Police Rajnish Seth ordered an inquiry into this incident after which Sangli police initiated a probe and lodged offence against about 25 persons allegedly involved in the incident.

“We have so far arrested seven persons in this case. Probe revealed that villagers attacked the sadhus due to a misunderstanding…. Further investigation is on,” said Dikshit Gedam, superintendent of Sangli police.

Police have identified the arrested accused persons as Amsiddha Sargar, Lahu Lokhande, Nagraj Pawar, Sagar Tambe, Ramesh Koli, Sachin Birajdar and Shivaji Sargar. The accused persons were identified from the videos of the incident, police said.

Source : Indian Express

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