The Maharashtra state woke up to a chilling news of murder of a Hindu seer (Sadhu) at his own ashram in Maharashtra’s Nanded district in the late night of Saturday, May 23. The state police was pressed into service to nab the culprit, who got apprehended, reportedly, from Telangana state the following day. The deceased seer’s body was found in his own ashram located in Nanded’s Umri city.
A sadhu's body was found at his Ashram in Nanded's Umri late last night: Vijaykumar Magar, Superintendent Of Police, Nanded. More details awaited. #Maharashtra
— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2020
Speaking over the incident, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Nanded district, Vijaykumar Magar, refuted any communal angle and claimed it to be a crime executed with the intention of robbery. “The deceased sadhu and the murder accused are of the same community. There is no communal angle in the murder case. We are still looking for the accused who is on the run since he left the murder spot,” said SP Magar, quoted ANI.
The Nanded police chief also stated that as the accused sprayed chilli powder on Sadhu’s body and tried to steal the laptop, money and other things in possession of the deceased sadhu, there seem to be no other angle than robbery, prima facie. He also narrated that the accused tried to run from the spot in Sadhu’s car but the car rammed into the gate.
Soon after, the accused was apprehended by the state police from Telangana state on Sunday, May 24. The former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, engirdled the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP run coalition government in the state and questioned on repeated offences against the Hindu seers in the state. Devendra Fadnavis who is the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the state legislative assembly expressed grief over the brutal killing of the sadhu and urged Maharashtra government to act against the crime against the saffron wearers.
“Incident of brutal murder of a Sadhu and other Sevekari in Nanded district is shocking and painful. My heartfelt tributes! It is my request to the State Government that all the accused must be immediately arrested and to ensure that they are severely punished.,” wrote Fadnavis on his Twitter handle on Sunday.
Incident of brutal murder of a Sadhu and other Sevekari in Nanded district is shocking and painful.
My heartfelt tributes! 🙏🏽
It is my request to the State Government that all the accused must be immediately arrested and to ensure that they are severely punished.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 24, 2020
The pressure on the police force to apprehend the culprits started boiling up and soon the news broke that the accused is arrested. The Nanded police chief claimed that the accused is a history sheeter. “The accused in the Sadhu’s murder case has been arrested. There is a criminal record against him, as he was a co-accused in a murder case filed 10 years back. He was also booked earlier in a molestation case. The sadhu was killed by strangling his neck,” SP Magar was quoted as saying by ANI.