Palghar : Shame to Humanity
Editorial : Did a ‘rumor’ lead to saints (Sadhus) death ? or has any big Conspiracy ? Who will decode Palghar fact ? Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday reiterated that there was no communal angel to the mob-lynching episode in Palghar. He said ‘killing were the result of rumors being spread about thieves roaming the area .
The Chief Minister said that the incident took place around 110 km from Palghar on the Dadra Nagar Haveli border. He also added ‘the victims from Kandivali , were travelling to Gujarat through an inside route in the remote area , as there were traffic curbs on the main roads . They were stopped at Gadchinchil village in the remote area , due to misunderstanding following rumors that thieves were moving around in the area “
However, according to Palghar Police, 110 people have been arrested in this case out of which 9 are juvenile. 101 people have been remanded in police custody till 30th while 9 have been sent to juvenile home.
Now , the conspiracy theory comes around this line . According to Organiser report , the five main accused are said to be activists of Communist Party . These activists are Jairam Dhak Bhavar from Divashi Gadagpada village, Mahesh Sitaram Rawate from Kinhaveli Khoripada, Ganesh Devaji Rao from Divashi Wakipada, Ramdas Rupji Asare from Dibashi Sathepada and Sunil Somaji Rawate from Divashi Patilpada village. Also , Shiraz Balsara, the head of a NGO named Kashtakari which has deep link with Missionaries also in the custody of the Police .
It is suspected that the Palghar tribal mob was instigated by such leaders and entire incident was a pre-planned conspiracy on the name of rumor. Also , the area where the lynching happened is a hotbed of Missionary activities . Lot of religions conversion have happened over the years in this area.
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However, in Palghar Loksabha Constituency comprises six assembly segments. The segments are Dahanu (elected MLA is Vinod Nikole, CPIM) , Vikramgad (elected MLA Sunil Bhusara, NCP) , Palghar (elected MLA Srinivas Vanga , Shiv Sena), Boisar (elected MLA Rajesh Patil, BVA), Nalasopara (elected MLA Kshitij Thakur , BVA) and Vasai (elected MLA Hitendra Thakur, BVA) .
Gadchinchil village (where the inhuman mob lynching happened) is under Dahanu Vidhansabha where the local MLA is comrade Vinod Nikole. Also BVA (Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi) has strong grip in Palghar constituency , is also a communist minded party . All six MLAs from Palghar Loksabha constituency are part of running Maharashtra government.
However, days after Palghar mob lynching inhuman incident, social is rife with half truths and fake news. Many prominent media journalists and intellectuals have partaken in spreading unverified news about the arrests made in the case. A viral news claiming that BJP’s local Sarpanch (Gram Sabha member) Chitra Chowdhury was arrested by the Police in connection with Palghar mob lynching. But , the truth is Chitra Choudhury has not been arrested in the matter so far. Already a complaint have been filed against Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant , journalist Sudhir Suryawanshi and Nikhil Wagle for spreading fake news about the palghar mob lynching.
However, on April 16, 2020, three people including 2 monks (Sadhus) and a driver lost their lives due to mob lynching. The three deceased have been identified as Sushil Giri Maharaj (35) , Maharaj Kalpavriksha Giri (70) and driver Nilesh Telgade(30), residents of the Kandivali suburb of Mumbai. The trio had apparently rented a car to attend a funeral. Despite the lockdown, the three managed to reached Palghar, 120 km from Mumbai, where they were stopped by a demonic mob baying for their blood. The crowd suspected that the three men belonged to the child thief gang and launched an aggressive assault against them. Later, when the police recovered the three men and took them to the hospital, they were pronounced dead on arrival.
Meanwhile, former chief minister of Maharshtra and BJP state leader Devendra Fadnavis demanded high level inquiry . According to him Palghar mob Lynching is shocking and inhuman.
Also , RSS affiliated Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Monday demanded a time bound and impartial investigations into the lynching of two Sadhus in the presence of some police personnel .
It’s truth that there has child kidnapping rumors theory . But, the monks lynching was happened because for rumors ? or any conspiracy behind the rumors ? To open the Palghar Lynching truth , it’s need a time bound and impartial investigations .
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