2 Sadhus, driver killed by mob over rumors of child kidnapping

Mumbai: Maharashtra’s Palghar district has reported a horrific case of mob lynching. Two Sadhus among which one was 70-year-old and their driver were attacked and killed on Thursday night after rumours they were kidnapping children to harvest organs, including kidneys.

Shocking visuals show angry residents of Gadchinchale village, armed with sticks and stones attacking the Sadhus as police team try to restore order and rescue the 70-year-old man and the two others.

A man can be heard shouting “Oye, isko maro (Hey, hit him)” and the 70-year-old Sadhu can be seen, surrounded by an armed mob and bleeding badly from his head, begging for his life as police try to control situation.

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A second shows villagers breaking the glass windows of a police patrol vehicle. A post-mortem report is awaited.

Palghar Police

“The police reached the spot and when they put the victims in the police car, the mob attacked them again. Policemen have also been injured in the incident. The officers managed to bring them to the hospital, but they died. We are investigating the incident and 110 people have been taken into custody,” Kailash Shinde, the District Collector, said.

“I want to appeal to everyone to not believe in rumours. No one is coming to steal from your village or take your child’s kidneys. Villagers have taken the matter into their hands and we will take necessary action,” he added. A case has been registered at the Kasa Police Station located in the interior of Palghar district.

Palghar police has arrested 110 people involved in lynching. The police tweeted about the investigation:

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Maharshtra CM Uddhav Thackeray ensured culprits won’t be spared and that the accused have been arrested on the day of crime itself.

Fadnavis condemned the attack

“The mob refused to listen to repeated instructions and pleas,” the cops said.

The three men who were killed have been identified as Sushil Giri Maharaj (35), Nilesh Telgane (35), who was driving the care they were travelling in, and Chikane Maharaj Kalpavrikshgiri (70). Two of them were sadhus. They were travelling towards Surat to attend the funeral of a common acquaintance.

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