All we know about the Palghar lynching case from credible sources

All we know about the Palghar lynching case from credible sources
  • Amidst a lockdown meant to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a case of mob lynching in India is creating a communal fervour.
  • The state government has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident, and the case has been transferred to Maharashtra Crime Investigation Department (CID).
  • According to PTI, the incident took place on April 16 night when three men, Swami Kalpvriksha Giri, Swami Sushil Giri and their driver Neelesh Telgade from Kandivali were dragged out of their car and beaten to death with sticks by a mob.
  • After the issue escalated on social media, the Union Home minister Amit Shah ordered regular reports from Maha CM Thackeray.
On April 16 night when two Hindu religious teachers, Swami Kalpvriksha Giri, Swami Sushil Giri, and their driver Neelesh Telgade from Kandivali in Mumbai were going in a car towards Surat in Gujarat to attend a funeral, according to PTI, when they were lynched by a mob in Palghar, a remote place near Dadra-Nagar Haveli.

The Maharashtra police arrested all of the Palghar lynching case accused Uddhav Thackeray requested people to not to politicise the issue and give it communa twist.

Yet, the social media lynchmob made hashtags like ‘Hindu saints murder’, and ‘Palghar lynching’ trend on Twitter, pinning the blame on Muslims while none of the authorities have identified the attackers as Muslim.

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The attempt is to whip up a communal fervour while the country is trying to battle the coronavirus pandemic that is threatening millions of lives.


What happened in Palghar?

The vehicle carrying the three victims was stopped near a village in Palghar after rumours they were kidnapping children to harvest organs, including kidneys. The three were dragged out of their car and beaten to death with sticks by a mob on suspicion that they were thieves.

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The police reached the spot, and when they put the victims in the police car, the mob attacked them again. Policemen have also been injured in the incident. Though all three were finally brought to the hospital, they were declared brought dead.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said stern action would be taken against those involved in the lynching of the three men.

Was it a Muslim lynchmob?

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None of the leading and credible news outlets have identified the perpetrators of violence as Muslim. “Those who attacked and who died in the Palghar mob killings are not from different religions. I have ordered Maharashtra police and @MahaCyber1 to take action against anyone instigating communal hatred in the society or on social media,” Maharashtra home minister, Anil Deshmukh said in a tweet on Sunday.

“Police have detained 101 people involved in the killing of three Surat bound people in Palghar. I have also ordered a high-level inquiry into these killings,” he added.

The reaction has been widespread

The state government has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident, and the case has been transferred to Maharashtra Crime Investigation Department (CID). Union Home minister Amit Shah intervened in the matter after the issue escalated on social media. Shah in a conversation with Maharashtra CM Thackeray asked him to submit a report to the centre.
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Appeals have been made not to spread fake news to give the Palghar lynching a communal colour. Maharashtra state Home minister Anil Deshmukh also warned people that, “police will monitor those who create rifts in the society.”

But calls for vengeance pile up on social media including from leaders like BJP Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy, and Balbir Punj, a former Member of Parliament from BJP and columnist now.
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