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 lynching
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.
The police did not try to stop the lynching
Despite witnessing the incident, the police make no attempt to stop it.