Bhau Rangari Trust receives threat letter

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

It is the second consecutive year that the trust has received an anonymous threat letter. The last threat letter was received by the trust in 2016 during the Ganesh festival

Pune: Bhau Rangari Ganpati Trust received a threat letter from an unknown sender on Tuesday at their office in Budhwar Peth. A complaint has been registered by trust members at Vishrambaug police station.

It is the second consecutive year that the trust has received an anonymous threat letter. The last threat letter was received by the trust in 2016 during the Ganesh festival.

The Ganesh festival, which is celebrated on a large scale in Pune, is at the centre of controversy after the claims of Shrimant Bhau Rangari Trust that the festival in Pune was started by them in 1892 and not by Lokmanya Tilak.
The threat letter is in Marathi and threatens the members of the trust that they should mend their ways and withdraw their claims within 20 days.

Suraj Renuse, a treasurer of the trust, said, “This threat letter has been sent to us in the wake of our protest against the Pune Municipal Corporation which is spending money extravagantly to celebrate the 125th year of Ganeshotasav. It also threatens our hunger strike and the truth that Ganesh festival in Pune was started by Bhau Rangari in Pune.”

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