On Sunday, a video of showing lynching of three people went viral on social media. Out of these three, two were sadhus and one was their car driver. Later, while tweeting about the incident, The Wire's founding editor Siddharth Varadarajan called sadhus as 'people belonging to nomadic tribes'.
While sharing an article on Twitter, Siddharth Varadarajan wrote: "After Video Emerges of Three Men Lynched in Palghar, Maharashtra, Two from Nomadic Tribe, BJP Leaders Push Communal Angle."
Later, The Wire's founding editor was trolled on Twitter for calling sadhus as 'people belonging to nomadic tribes'. One user while slamming Varadarajan said, "How come it is difficult to say Hindu Sadhus". Another user said, "Two from Nomadic tribe! Spinning it as they are not Hindus."
Here's what Twitterati had to say:
The article which Varadarajan shared said that three persons travelling were attacked by a group of men in Palghar and killed. Of the three deceased persons, two persons—70- year old Kalpvrush Giri and 35- year old Sushil Giri—belonged to a Gosavi Nomadic Tribe and were affiliated to one ‘Shri Panch Dashnam Juna Akhara’ in Varanasi, reported The Wire.
The incident took place on April 16 night when three men from Kandivali in Mumbai were going in a car to Surat in Gujarat to attend a funeral. Their vehicle was stopped near a village in Palghar.
The three were dragged out of their car and beaten to death with sticks by a mob on suspicion that they were thieves. The deceased were identified as Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri (70), Sushilgiri Maharaj (35), and their car driver Nilesh Telgade (30).
(Inputs from Agencies)