Palghar Mob Lynching– A Secular Cover-up

I. Palghar mob lynching: (India TV News Desk, 20.04.2020)

Two sadhus and their driver were lynched by a mob in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Thursday on being suspected to be child-kidnappers and organ harvesters. Over the past few days, local villagers had formed vigilante groups after rumours that organ-
harvesting gangs, child lifters and thieves were operating in these areas at night. The deceased were identified as Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri (70), Sushilgiri Maharaj
(35), and their car driver Nilesh Telgade (30).According to reports, the three were driving
to a funeral in Surat when a group of villagers in Gadchinchle stopped their car and attacked them with stones, logs and axes. The case has drawn widespread criticism for the Maharashtra government who so far have claimed that more than 100 people including five main suspect have been arrested.Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav
Thackeray has ruled out any communal angle in the case and assured a speedy trial.

Three persons were beaten to death by a group of villagers in Palghar district of
Maharashtra. The gruesome incident took place between 9.30-10 pm on April 16 (Thursday). The two sadhus and their driver were heading to a funeral in Surat.

The incident occurred in Gadchinchale village, located in Dahanu Taluka of the
tribal-dominated Palghar district, which is 140 kms North of Mumbai.The Palghar Police arrested 101 people and detained nine minors in connection with the sadhus lynching case. The Kasa police registered three FIRs in connection with the incident and arrested 101 people, who have been remanded in police custody till April 30. Nine juveniles have been sent to a remand home at Bhiwandi in neighbouring Thane district.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday night said that culprits
involved in lynching of three men in Palghar district will be brought to justice. “The Palghar incident has been acted upon. The police have arrested all those accused who attacked the 2 sadhus, 1 driver and the police personnel, on the day of the crime itself. Nobody, guilty in this heinous crime and shameful act, will be spared and they will be brought to justice in the strongest way possible,” CM said.

On Monday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath spoke to Maharashtra CM
Uddhav Thackeray and urged to take strict action against the culprits involved in the lynching of three men in Palghar district. “Spoke to Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray yesterday evening regarding the murder of saints of Juna Akhara Swami Kalpvrikshgiri, Swami Sushilgiri and their driver Neelesh Telgarhe. I have urged him to take strict action against the culprits,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to enquire about the lynching of three people in the state’s Palghar area.

Two policemen were suspended on Monday for alleged dereliction of duty in the wake of
lynching case. Palghar Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh ordered the suspension of Kasa police station’s assistant police inspector Anandrao Kale and sub-inspector Sudhir
Katare for alleged dereliction of duty.

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