Mob brutally kills two Sadhus and a driver, Maharashtra Gov orders high-level probe
The Maharashtra Government has ordered a high-level inquiry into the Palghar mob lynching incident in which three people including two Hindu clergies (Sadhu) were killed, State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said.
In a tweet issued from his handle @AnilDeshmukhNCP, the home minister said, "Police have detained 101 people involved into the killing of three Surat bound people in Palghar. I have also ordered a high-level inquiry into these killings".
According to media reports, the incident occurred when two Sadhus and a driver from Kandivali in Mumbai were headed towards Surat in a car to attend a funeral of their Guruji on Thursday (April 16, 2020) night.
The deceased were identified as Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri (70), Sushilgiri Maharaj (35), and their car driver Nilesh Telgade (30).
A video of the incident that surfaced on Sunday (April 19, 2020) shows a mob dragging two Sadhus out of the police van and assaulting them with sticks and stones. There is also footage of a Sadhu holding a policeman's hand for protection, as they walked towards a vehicle but as the mob rained blows on the man's head, the policeman is seen shaking him off and turning away to protect himself. (Mob Lynching In Maharashtra Palghar | Sadhu beaten to death | Human rights violation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbFSRj6iLoM).
The incident occurred in Gadchinchale village, located in Dahanu Taluka of the tribal-dominated Palghar district, which is 140 km North of Mumbai. As per the 2011 Census, the village has a population of 1,298 residents of which 93 per cent are from the Scheduled Tribes. The village lies on the border that Maharashtra shares with the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, which is 30 km away.