A heart wrecking news of mob-lynching of two Hindu seers and one driver in Maharashtra’s Palghar in the suspicion of they being children abductors shook the nation on Friday, April 17. A violent mob of, reportedly, 200 people surrounded the three victims and beaten them to death on the spot. The more shocking news is that the mob-lynching took place in the presence of police officials who remained spectators at the crime scene.
The incident took place at the moment when the country is fighting it’s toughest battle against the ongoing Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
A gathering of mob of around 200 people to kill the three innocents during lockdown raises serious questions on the Maharashtra administration. Several videos of the incident have surfaced on social media which shocks the nation by the inhuman conduct of the mob present at the spot.
The videos show how an unruly mob shows no sign of mercy on the trio which included a 70-year old Hindu seer who cries and pleads for mercy. Another video shows a bleeding Hindu seer in saffron wear brought out of a house by a police official and before he could be taken to the police van, the violent mob separates the man from the police and thrash him till he dies.
The whole episode of mob-lynching of these three victims can fill anyone with rage against the inhuman and irrational conduct of the mob. The most important question everyone wonders about is the function of the police force. Couldn’t police officials present at the spot protect the victims till the reinforcement were there? Was it not possible for the police to fire in the air to scatter the mob? Couldn’t the police officials shield the victims and speak to the mob to buy time till the reinforcement reached the spot?
The local police officials claimed that the police force reached the spot as soon as they were informed about the incident. However, as the police officials got outnumbered by the maniac mob, they couldn’t save the trio from mob-lynching. The collector, Kailas Shinde, of the area where the ghastly mob-lynching took place, informed that the victims were declared brought dead at the hospital.
“They were declared brought dead at the hospital. About 110 villagers have been brought to police stations for questioning. Further probe underway”, said Shinde, quoted ANI.
Maharashtra: 3 people lynched on suspicion of theft in Gadchinchle village of Palghar. Kailas Shinde, Collector says, "They were declared brought dead at the hospital. About 110 villagers have been brought to police stations for questioning. Further probe underway". (17.4.20) pic.twitter.com/A7rWWwPSqX
— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2020
The trio are identified as Sant Kalpvruksh Giri (70), Sushil Giri Maharaj (35), Naresh Telgade (driver) who were on their way to Nashik from Mumbai to attend the funeral of Shri. Mahant Ramgiri Ji. This may surprise many as even after the lockdown, how were they allowed to travel between districts. The Shree Panch Dashnaam Joona Akhada has requested chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in their letter to initiate a thorough probe in the incident and bring the culprits to justice.
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— प्रज्ञा सिंह ठाकुर (@SadhviHindu) April 19, 2020
The police have started the investigation and are exploring all angles to nab the miscreants. It will be interesting to see if police is able to book the culprits based on the videos available of the incident.