Condemning the lynching of two sadhus in neighbouring Palghar district, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday mentioned the incident was an try and malign Maharashtra’s picture and it was “inhuman” to provide it a communal color.
An editorial within the occasion mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ acknowledged that residents of Gadchincle village in Palghar had killed the 2 sadhus over rumours that thieves dressed as holy males had entered the village benefiting from the lockdown. The victims needed to cross the state borders and journey to Gujarat amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the article acknowledged.
“The local administration sent them back, despite their saffron robes. If they had been held back there itself and the state government had been informed, the matter could have been resolved,” the paper noticed.
Coming out in assist of Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, the article acknowledged that the police had taken immediate motion and mentioned each the victims and accused belonged to the identical faith so there was no communal facet to the case.
Seeds of communal discord have been sown by way of the social media, however Maharashtra has remained peaceable, it mentioned.
“Some expressed concern about how Hindu sadhus could be killed in the state of Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray. But reasons for such concerns are different,” the paper mentioned.
Criticising the chief of opposition Devendra Fadnavis, the paper mentioned, the previous Chief Minister had shed tears over the incident on social media.
When comparable mishaps had taken place in Dhule and Chandrapur throughout Fadnavis’ tenure, wasn’t Maharashtra the land of Balasaheb Thackeray then? the paper requested.
Irrespective of whether or not victims have been Hindus or Muslims, lynching was a perversion and might by no means be supported, the editorial mentioned.
The paper additional identified that Gadchincle has been a BJP bastion for the final 10 years and even the village sarpanch belongs to the saffron occasion.
The opposition was not indignant over the killing of sadhus, however was upset because it had didn’t create a communal discord following the incident, it acknowledged.
“It is true that Maharashtra’s tradition and culture have been hurt by the incident. Was the incident a deliberate attempt to tarnish the state’s image?” the editorial questioned.