Dhirendra Shastri Receives Death Threats; Police Registers Case

Chhatarpur: Self-styled godman Peethadhiswar Dhirendra Shastri of Bhageshwar Dham reportedly received death threats, informed police officials on Tuesday. A case has been filed against the threatener at the Chhatarpur’s Bamitha PS, the police added. The accused is identified as Amar Singh

“A case under section 506, 507 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against an unknown person in Chhatarpur’s Bamitha police station,” said Superintendent of Police (SP) Sachin Sharma. According to sources, a complaint was filed on Monday night on behalf of Dhirendra by his younger brother Lokesh Garg.

Shashtri has hit headlines after his controversial statement on giving a Hindu nation. Bageshwar Baba, who claims to have the clairvoyance of knowing people’s minds and telling information about a stranger, on Jan 20 challenged by a Maharashtra-based organization.

When Bageshwar Baba aka Dhirendra Maharaj came to Nagpur, Shyam Manav- founder president of All India Superstition Eradication Committee gave him a challenge. Manav had said that if Baba proves his divine power, he will be given a reward of 30 lakhs. Shyam Manav also warned that a case may be registered against Bageshwar Baba under Maharashtra’s Anti-superstition and Black Magic Act. Though Shastri initially accepted the challenge, he reportedly chickened out two days before and left Nagpur. Manav and his team then filed a police complaint against Bageshwar Baba under Maharashtra’s anti-superstition law.

It is also speculated that Baba’s devotees may have sent threatening messages to Shyam Manav. It has been revealed that Shyam Manav’s son received threatening messages on his mobile phone. After a complaint was filed, security arrangement outside Shyam Manav’s house in Nagpur has been increased.

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