Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has said stern action will be taken against those involved in the lynching of three men in Palghar district. The state government has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident that took place on April 16.
“The Palghar incident has been acted upon. The police has arrested all those accused who attacked the 2 sadhus, 1 driver and the police personnel, on the day of the crime itself,” Thackeray tweeted late Sunday night.
The Palghar incident has been acted upon. The police has arrested all those accused who attacked the 2 sadhus, 1 driver and the police personnel, on the day of the crime itself.
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) April 19, 2020
“Nobody guilty in this heinous crime and shameful act will be spared and they will be brought to justice in the strongest way possible,” he added.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too had spoken to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray about the Palghar mob lynching incident and urged him to ensure that strict action is taken against the perpetrators.
“Yesterday, I talked to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray about the killing of Juna Akhada saints Swami Kalpvruksha Giri Ji, Swami Sushil Giri Ji and their driver Nilesh Telgade Ji in Palgarh area of Maharashtra and urged him to take strict actions against the perpetrators,” Adityanath tweeted
पालघर,महाराष्ट्र में हुई जूना अखाड़ा के सन्तों स्वामी कल्पवृक्ष गिरि जी, स्वामी सुशील गिरि जी व उनके ड्राइवर नीलेश तेलगड़े जी की हत्या के सम्बन्ध में कल शाम महाराष्ट्र के मुख्यमंत्री श्री उद्धव ठाकरे जी से बात की और घटना के जिम्मेदार तत्वों के खिलाफ कठोर कार्रवाई हेतु आग्रह किया।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) April 20, 2020
State home minister Anil Deshmukh said a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the incident. He warned against giving any communal colour to the incident, as two of the three deceased were believed to be seers.
“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,” Deshmukh said in a tweet .
“Police have detained 101 people involved into the killing of three Surat bound people in Palghar. I have also ordered high level inquiry into this killings,” he said.
Deshmukh said police are keeping a close eye on those who wanted to use the incident to create a rift in society.
He ended his post with the hashtag #LawAndOrderAboveAll.
The incident took place on April 16 night when three men from Kandivali in Mumbai were going in a car towards Surat in Gujarat to attend a funeral.
Their vehicle was stopped near a village in Palghar.
The three were dragged out of their car and beaten to death with sticks by a mob on suspicion that they were thieves.
The deceased were identified as Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri (70), Sushilgiri Maharaj (35), and their car driver Nilesh Telgade (30).
Meanwhile , Palgarh Police have arrested 110 people including nine juveniles, in connection with the lynching of three persons by the villagers, suspecting them as thieves .
While 101 people have been remanded in police custody till April 30, nine others have been sent to a juvenile home.
“110 people have been arrested in this case out of which nine are juvenile. 101 people have been remanded in police custody till 30th while other have been sent to a juvenile home. Further investigation is going on in the matter. An enquiry has also been initiated to look into the incident,” the Palgargh Police tweeted.