A special court in Maharashtra’s Thane district on Saturday granted bail to 89 accused in the Palghar mob lynching case, in which two sadhus and their driver were killed. The bail has been granted on a surety of Rs 15,000 each.
These 89 people were granted bail on the grounds that they were simply present at the spot, at the time of the incident.
On April 16, 2020, villagers in Palghar district of Maharashtra lynched three people on the suspicion that they were robbers.
Maharashtra’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) had filed a chargesheet against 126 people accused in the case.
The incident had happened in Gadchinchale village which is located 110 kms from Palghar. The two sadhus were trying to reach Surat from Mumbai amidst the lockdown to attend the funeral of their spiritual Guru when they were turned back from a checkpost by police. It is suspected that the driver took the route through interior villages to reach Gujarat when the vehicle was chased and apprehended by villagers.
The primary investigation by local police and state CID suggested that villagers suspected them to be members of gang involved in the kidnapping of children and pulled them out of the vehicle. Though a police team from Kasa police station reached the spot but the angry mob of hundreds killed the three and attacked policemen.
A police team that was sent in for reinforcement was gheraoed at a village in Dadra and Nagar Haveli by tribal villagers. There were three FIRs registered in the case and on the next day police had to resort to fire in the air to disperse the crowd that had been trying to restrain cops from arresting the accused and even attacked them.