Mob lynching: Shame on India ? Sadhus dragged, thrashed on doubt of child-lifters in Sangli Villagers arrested

Four Sadhus Assaulted In Maharashtra On Child-Lifting Suspicion, 6 Arrested The mob was seen trying to drag one of the sadhus out of the car by his leg. They then assaulted him with a belt.

Sep 15, 2022 - 11:53
Sep 15, 2022 - 12:13

Four Sadhus were dragged out of a car, thrashed with sticks and beaten with belts in Maharashtra's Sangli district, after an angry mob suspected them to be child-lifters. This after rumours of child lifting went viral on social media. Several viral videos on Twitter show how these Sadhus from Uttar Pradesh's Mathura were beaten up. Maharashtra police have now arrested six villagers in the connection to the case. Watch this video to find out what happened.

The four sadhus from Uttar Pradesh had asked a boy for direction on their way to the temple town of Pandharpur from Karnataka's Bijapur which led to the locals suspecting that they may be from a gang that kidnaps children, news agency PTI reported citing the police.

The victims had stopped at a temple in the Lavana village and the incident occurred when they were resuming their journey, the report said. The police found that the sadhus were the members of an 'akhada' in Uttar Pradesh, it said.

The police reached the spot and took the sadhus to hospital. Since they had to go visit a temple, they did not register a complaint, said Dixit Gedam, Superintendent of Police, Sangli. "The police took suo moto cognisance of the incident and registered an offence for hurt and riot. Six accused have been arrested and a search is on for the other accused," he said.

Maharashtra BJP MLA Ram Kadam condemned the incident and said the state government will not tolerate such "misbehaviour" with the sadhus. Strict action will be taken against the accused, he said in a video message.

"In the sadhus killing case in Palghar, then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's government meted out injustice to them. But the current Maharashtra government will not allow any injustice against any sadhu," he said referring to the 2020 incident.

The Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena called the incident "unfortunate" and sought to know how many BJP leaders will visit Sangli.

Terming the assault as an attempt to murder the sadhus, spokesperson Anand Dube said the government must clarify if it is with the Hindus or stop pretending that they are "Hinduvadi". "While the government claims to be pro-Hindu and that it protects Hindus, sadhus are being assaulted in Sangli.

It was easy to level allegations when we were in power - that our government was anti-Hindu. The government must take cognizance and take stern action against the accused," he said.

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