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Were Indian police complicit in the Palghar lynching? Show more Show less
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On 16 April 2020, two Hindu priests and their driver were killed. This happened after the men were stopped by a crowd of men at a checkpoint amid coronavirus lockdown, accused of being thieves or child kidnappers, and then taken away and killed. The presence of the police at the scene has caused a debate about their role in the killings.

No, the police were not complicit in the Palghar lynching Show more Show less

The police did not arrange the lynching and even tried to stop it.
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The Palghar lynchings were a religious hate crime

The lynchings, given that they were committed against Hindu priests, are thought by some to be a religious hate crime.
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The Argument

Soon after the incident, rumours began to spread on Twitter that the crime was religion-related and the mob was predominantly Muslim.[1] These claims were based on the belief that Bengali could be heard being spoken in the background of videos taken of the incident, as well as claiming the phrase "maar Shoaib maar" ("hit Shoaib hit"), Shoaib being a predominantly Muslim name.[2]

Counter arguments

There is no proof whatsoever that the lynching was in any way religiously motivated. That this is the case is an entirely falsified rumour, spread by social media. None of the 101 people arrested in connection with the case are Muslim.[3] The area where the lynching happened is a tribal one, with no Islamic population.[4] What was interpreted in the video as someone saying Shoaib was actually someone saying oye bas (please stop).[3] Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said, "I want to tell those who are trying to spread fire, please don’t to it. It was not a Hindu-Muslim issue. It was caused by some confusion and we are not going to spare any accused irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Nobody should try to give it religious colour”.[5]


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