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.
Yes, the police were complicit in the Palghar lynchingShow moreShow less
Reports say that police did little to aid the victim who was being attacked by the mobsters. It was easy for the attackers to drag the victim out of police custody.
All accounts of this shocking crime indicate that the police present did almost nothing to stop it. Neither the guards (who first stopped the three traveling men) nor the small police presence that later arrived properly intervened or did anything to stop the angry mob from killing the three men.
The lynching happened in view of the police, who claimed they believed that the victims were robbers. Video of the incident shows that the police witnessed the incident but did not step in to try and stop the men being killed. This demonstrates that rather than doing their jobs, the police were complicit in the incident.
The police did try to stop the incident. A statement released by police said that “one of our patrolling vehicles later spotted the severely injured trio lying on the road and stopped to investigate. However, our team was also attacked by the mob and the vehicle pelted with stones. Our personnel had to flee and were unable to rescue to the victims”.