In 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 said that these four sadhus are residents of UP and were going to Pandharpur for darshan. The local people here do not understand their language.
According to the information received, the matter is of Lavanga village of Jat tehsil of Sangli district of Maharashtra. Some sadhus from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh had gone to Karnataka for Dev Darshan in a four wheeler. After this he was going to go to Pandharpur by road. The sadhus spent the night in the village and from here in the morning they started asking a child the way to go to Pandharpur.
During this, some people saw these sadhus talking to the child. Suspicion arose for the sadhus in the minds of the people and thrashed them accusing them of being child-lifters. However, the policemen who reached the spot after getting information, separated the crowd and termed it as an accident due to a misunderstanding. It is being said that there was a misunderstanding between the monk and the local people regarding the language.
Sangli Superintendent of Police Dixit Gedam told media persons that the police have started investigation and have detained at least six people. He has appealed to the people not to fall prey to such rumours. The video of this incident has gone viral on social media platforms, in which some people are seen attacking sadhus with sticks and belts. The SP of the district has said to investigate on the basis of the viral video.