Any delay will cost the CM and his Shiv Sena
What can only be called stunning, the Police in Palghar stood mute as a violent mob lynched two Sadhus and their driver to death amidst death chants. The Palghar mob lynching will stay in the minds of people long because of the graphic and heart-rending footage of the video that captured it. The law and order community can only hang their head in shame as this has dented the confidence of people, it is their ability to maintain order and unless the State Government acts speedily, it will hurt it politically.
What was the police thinking?
By watching a violent mob commit cold-blooded murder and standing as mute spectators, what was the Police thinking? Is it not the duty of the police to serve and protect its citizens? For heaven’s sake, there is a lockdown in place. How did the mob even assemble? Were they under orders to just be “observers”? If yes, who was remote controlling them? The political masters must remember that this kind of behaviour in an acute situation of the pandemic, does not bode well for them politically.
Local people from the village intervened, including Lady Sarpanch Chitra Chaudhri who tried her best to stop the persons beating and pacified the crowd and took them to the forest outpost nearby on the same road.
Who is applying for bail for jailed?
It’s emerging now that a Communist associated Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) missionary group is trying for bail for the murder-accused mob consisting of 101 adults and 9 minors, when it is taken up on 30th April 2020. It is now becoming apparent that a group of people from the communist Naxal background involvement are involved in the heinous Palghar lynching of Hindu saints.
The 5 main accused are said to be party workers of the communist party. These activists are Jairam Dhak Bhavar from Divashi Gadagpada village, Mahesh Sitaram Rawate from Kinhavali Khoripada, Ganesh Devaji Rao from Divashi Wakipada, Ramdas Rupji Asare from Divashi Sathepada and Sunil Somaji Rawate from Divashi Patilpada village.
On the night of 16th April 2020, Sushil Giri Maharaj (35), Maharaj Kalpavriksha Giri (70) and driver Nilesh Telgade (30) were lynched to death by a mob while they were on their way from Mumbai to attend the funeral of their Guru Mahant Ram Giri Maharaj at Surat Gujarat border. They had taken the forest tribal route to reach the Gujarat border due to lockdown conditions.
The sequence of events
The sequence of events needs to be minutely examined and investigated for a fair trial and justice. The vehicle in which the three, two Sadhus along with the driver were travelling was stopped around the Gadchinchale village area and beaten up. Local people from the village intervened, including Lady Sarpanch Chitra Chaudhri who tried her best to stop the persons beating and pacified the crowd and took them to the forest outpost nearby on the same road. The forest guards co-operated and in the meantime, police were called in.
Of the 110 people who have been arrested, the majority are workers of the communist party, a few are supporters of a dubious NGO of an ex-ruling old party operating in the area and a few converts.
Three were at the forest outpost
All three people were put in the forest outpost. That these people were innocent Sadhus going to attend a funeral was repeated several times. By that time the police have also arrived. In the meantime, calls went out across to other nearby villages and suddenly a mob started collecting at the spot, allegedly at the behest of the communist leaders. A few so-called NGO activists who work in religious conversion in the belt also arrived. The arrival of Kanshiram Chaudhari alias Dada from the ruling partner the National Congress Party (NCP) turned the tide and the mob went berserk shouting and screaming upon his arrival. The mob was carrying sickle choppers, hammer swords, sticks, etc, and attacked the three, even as the police remained mute spectators and witness to one of the most barbaric heinous crimes as captured on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV). The lady Sarpanch, who is from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is a minority party in the village, got elected unopposed as it was a sarpanch seat for ladies. She was also heckled during the attack by the mob and is now facing threats to her life.
Of the 110 people who have been arrested, the majority are workers of the communist party, a few are supporters of a dubious NGO of an ex-ruling old party operating in the area and a few converts. The strange thing noticed here is, these converts have 2 names. The first old tribal birth name and second converted Christian name. They conveniently use either of the names as required. Those who are absconding too are from this third group.
Who instigated it?
It is suspected that the mob was instigated by communist Naxal leaders, missionary promoters and the entire incident was a pre-planned conspiracy. Planted rumors of organ harvesting, child kidnapping, and abduction were spread to misguide the tribal people. The area where the lynching happened is a hotbed of Christian missionary activity who is accused of poisoning the tribals in the area to further their agenda. A lot of religious conversions have happened over the years in this area abetted by the Christian missionaries.
Shiraz Balsara, the head of an NGO named Kashtakari which has links with the Christian missionaries is working to arrange for the bail of those arrested and are in the custody of the police. Local lawyer Brian Lobo is likely to represent the murder-accused along with left-liberal lawyers from Mumbai. It is now being alleged that the local CPI-M MLA Comrade Vinod Nikolay’s role should also be investigated. One Peter D’Mello who operates in this tribal belt also has a long history of allegedly helping in religious conversions. Operating with a dual name, Peter, whose actual name is Pradeep Prabhu uses his Hindu name to confuse tribal people. His role should also be thoroughly investigated.
CBI probe a must
The first step towards ensuring justice for the departed is a judicial inquiry or a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Many things have to probe – an in-depth investigation with a focus on a criminal conspiracy angle. A fast track trial should be followed for speedy Justice, damages, and compensation for the victims.
NO bail for the accused
The 110 accused should be denied bail and the role of other perpetrators of the crime must be investigated. It was a pre-meditated crime at the instigation of a few. Granting bail for the accused will send the wrong signal among the masses who are already wondering if the Chief Minister is going to crack the whip.
This is the first acid test for a first-term CM, Uddhav Thackeray who needs to act decisively and assure the Hindu samaj, the core constituency of his commitment towards Hindutva.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.
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