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In a tragic incident, 4 Sadhus beaten up by mob on suspicion of being child-lifters in Maharashtra

UP Sadhus living in Sangli district of Maharashtra were beaten up on suspicion of child theft, police told that all the sadhus were going for Pandharpur Darshan.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: In Lavange village of Jat taluka of Sangli district of Maharashtra, 4 sadhus of UP were brutally thrashed on suspicion of child theft. The police have clarified after the video of the assault went viral. The SP of Sangli told that these four sadhus are residents of UP and were going to Pandharpur for darshan. Here the local people could not understand their language, due to which people beat them up as child thieves.

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Sangli SP Dixit Kumar Gedam said that these sadhus were going from Bijapur to Pandharpur and some people thrashed them in Lawange village. However, after the information, the Umdi police reached the spot and got the injured sadhus treated.

The police is saying that people beat up the sadhus and the police of the local Umdi police station got them treated, but they left without registering a complaint and due to not getting a written complaint, the police arrested those who beat up. No action was taken against him. The SP of the district has also said to investigate after giving clarification after the video went viral.

While talking to the local people on the way, the matter worsened due to not understanding each other’s local language and the local people beat up the sadhus.

This is not the first incident of assault on sadhus in Maharashtra. In 2020, a mob of 2 sadhus was lynched to death in Gadchinchle village of Palghar district of Maharashtra for this reason. Those sadhus were going to attend a funeral in Surat by sitting in a car.

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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.

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