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Murder of a sadhu in Nanded is being falsely shared with a communal narrative

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A post is being shared widely on social media with a claim that a Hindu sadhu was brutally killed by Muslims in Nanded. In the post, it is mentioned that he was murdered because they thought he is an infidel. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here

Claim: A Hindu sadhu killed by Muslims in Nanded (Maharashtra).

Fact: While it is true that a sadhu was killed in Nanded, the accused is not a Muslim. The police have clarified that the sadhu and the accused are from the same community, and prima facie the incident looks like an attempted robbery. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE. 

When searched about the incident mentioned in the post, many news articles regarding the incident were found in the search results. From ‘The Indian Express’ article, it is found that the Police have said – ‘Swami Shivacharya Rudra (33) of Pashupati Math in Nanded, was found murdered in the mutt, while the body of Bhagwan Shinde (50) – a suspected associate of the accused – was found in a nearby Zilla Parishad school’. The Police have denied any communal angle and have clarified that the accused (Sainath Langote – a local villager and follower of the sadhu) and sadhu are from the same community, and prima facie the incident looks like an attempted robbery. The accused was also booked previously in other crimes.

The English translation (translated by Google) of FIR filed on the incident can be read below:

To sum it up, the murder of a sadhu in Nanded is being falsely shared with a communal narrative.

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