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.
Two policemen have now been suspended over the incident. The National Human Rights Commission has even requested a full report on the police officers' behaviour, accusing them of negligence.
The NHRC released a statement stating that "Based on a complaint in connection with the incident, a notice was issued to the Maharashtra director general of police (DGP) over the mob lynching of three persons in the presence of police personnel in Palghar district on April 16," going on to say that the incident suggests negligence on the part of the police.
The punishment of the police following the lynching clearly indicates that they did handled the incident incorrectly, and indicates that they were complicit.