In a heart-wrenching incident, three men were mercilessly lynched to death by a mob of 200 people in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, allegedly they were suspected to be thieves. The incident reportedly took place in Gadchinchle village which is 125 kilometres from Mumbai on Thursday night.
The shocking incident came to light only 2 days later after clips shot by some of the attackers started doing rounds on social media. The deceased men, in the incident, have been identified as Sushilgiri Maharaj, Chikne Maharaj Kalpavriksha Giri and Nilesh Telwade.
According to sources, three men reportedly from Kandivali in Mumbai were going to Gujarat’s Surat by car to attend a funeral on Thursday night. The car was stopped by a mob in Palghar district and the trio was dragged out of their car and beaten to death on suspicion that they were thieves. A police vehicle from the Kasa police station was also attacked and policemen were beaten up – injuring police officials.
In the video clip, the angry mob around 200 people was in no mood to listen to them while they were constantly trying to plead with them. When police personnel intervened to rescue them, the angry mob started assaulting cops.
In the video clip, a man from the agitated crowd can be heard shouting “Oye, isko maro (Hey, hit him)” and the 70-year-old victim can be seen begging for his life.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray took to Twitter to react to the incident, “The Palghar incident has been acted upon. The police have arrested all those accused who attacked the two sadhus, one driver and the police personnel on the day of the crime itself.
“Nobody guilty of this heinous crime and shameful act will be spared and they will be brought to justice in the strongest way possible,” Thackeray tweeted. The incident was condemned by several people on social media.