Former CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said that seeing the visuals that have come out, Palghar incident of mob lynching is shocking and inhuman.
“It is more disturbing especially when we are going through such tough times otherwise too,” he said. Fadnavis urged the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vilas Aghadi government to conduct a detailed probe. “I urge the State Government to immediately set up a high-level enquiry and ensure that people who are responsible for this are brought to justice at the earliest,” he said.
Mumbai BJP General Secretary Amarjeet Mishra said that while the attack was taking place, police remained a mute spectator. “The government must go to the roots. The insensitive policemen must be dismissed,” he said.
A huge mob of 150-plus, in the Gadchinchale village in the Palghar district, attacked the vehicle in which the victims were travelling from Nashik to Surat on Thursday night, suspecting them to be thieves. Some policemen too were injured.
The Kasa police station has registered a case on Friday and arrested over 100 persons who have been remanded to police custody. The victims, including a 70-year-old pandit, were beaten to death allegedly by a mob of around 500 tribals in Gadchinchale village in Kasa taluka of Palghar district.
The victims were identified as Sushilgiri Maharaj(30), Chikne Maharaj Kalpvirkshagiri (70) and driver Nilesh Telwade (30). The incident took place around 120 kms from downtown Mumbai.
Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Sunday announced that a high-level inquiry had been set up into the Palghar lynching that occurred last week. He also said the police had been instructed to keep an eye out for any attempts to give the incident a “controversial” spin.
“The Palghar police have already taken 101 people into custody in connection with the matter and a high level inquiry has also been set up in the case. The police will also keep an eye on those who are trying to create a rift in society by giving this a controversial spin,” Deshmukh tweeted late on Sunday night.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya, too, tweeted that those responsible had already been arrested and that no one would be allowed to go scot-free.
BJP leaders like Sambit Patra, aso shared the videos, claiming that “saints” were being lynched in Maharashtra. By late Sunday evening, hashtags like Palghar, Maharashtra and lynching were trending in India on Twitter, taking potshots at the Chief Minister.