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Sanjay Raut Questions Media’s Silence Over Attacks On Sadhus In UP, Rajasthan

Sanjay Raut, referring to the killing of two sadhus in the state’s Palghar district in April, claimed that similar incidents in other parts of the country were not viewed with the same outrage.

Claiming double standards by the media in its response to fatal attacks on sadhus, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut today said such deaths were portrayed as “adharma (injustice)” when they happen in Maharashtra but are brushed off as “incidents” elsewhere, NDTV reported.

Sanjay Raut, referring to the killings of two sadhus in the state’s Palghar district in April, claimed that similar incidents in other parts of the country were not viewed with the same outrage.

“Two sadhus were murdered by a mob in Palghar and this incident created a furore in the country. In the last four days, four sadhus were killed in UP and one in Rajasthan. In Rajasthan, the priest was burned to death. Nothing happened,” Sanjay Raut wrote in the editorial of the party’s mouthpiece “Saamana”.

“The media is in such a situation that when the Palghar incident took place it is “adharma” and if this happens in other places then it is just an incident. How is this possible?” the Sena MP asked.

He was referring to attacks on sadhus reported from UP and Rajasthan this month.

In this month, after he was attacked by a group of men over a land dispute, a priest died in Rajasthan. The Rajasthan police have detained 2 men and have named three others in an FIR.

An alleged attack on Sadhu in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district, however, was revealed Saturday night to be a conspiracy hatched by the priest himself. The sadhu himself had  hired a professional shooter to injure him in an attempt to frame a political rival for the attack, the police said.

 

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