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Palghar Lynchings: Cop Sacked, 2 More ‘Compulsorily Retired’

Palghar: In a stringent motion, the Maharashtra authorities has dismissed one suspended policeman and slapped obligatory retirement on two others in a fallout of the April 16 Palghar lynching case which claimed the lives of two sadhus and their driver, an official stated right here on Monday.

“Following a departmental enquiry, Assistant Police-Inspector Anandrao Kale has been served with dismissal orders while his colleagues — Assistant Sub-Inspector Ravi Salunkhe and Constable Naresh Dhodi — have been compulsorily retired,” Palghar Police Spokesperson Sachin Navadkar advised IANS.

The dismissal and retirement orders, all with rapid impact, had been issued late on Saturday by Konkan Vary Inspector Common of Police Niket Kaushik.

In a serious reshuffle after the incident, in April-Might, two policemen — Sudhir Katare and Santosh Mukne — had been suspended by the then Palghar Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh whereas one other 35 police personnel of the Kasa Police Station had been transferred to different components of the district.

On Might 7, throughout his go to to the Gadchinchale village in Kasa — the place the lynchings occurred — state Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh had shunted SP Singh on obligatory depart and he awaits a posting until now.

On April 16 evening, the victims — Kalpavrikshagiri Maharaj, 70, his assistant Sushilgiri Maharaj, 35, of the Juna Akhada, and their driver Nilesh Telgade, 30, had been waylaid once they had been en route from Mumbai to Surat for a funeral throughout the lockdown.

Mistaking them to be robbers or kidnappers, an enormous mob of over 800 tribals and villagers pounced on them with stones, sticks and sickles, and the trio later succumbed to grievous accidents — sparking a nationwide political furore.

The case which was subsequently handed over to the state CID resulted in three chargesheets filed in opposition to a complete of 126 accused earlier than the Dahanu Justice of the Peace Court docket, moreover 11 juveniles and 28 others in opposition to whom the investigations are nonetheless underway.

As per the chargesheet, there was wild rumour-mongering on social media websites like WhatsApp claiming that some individuals from a minority neighborhood could be arriving in Gadchinchale, Divshi, Kinhavli, Dabhadi villages in Palghar and Rudana within the adjoining Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar-Haveli, with alleged intent to kidnap kids and other people to take away their physique organs.

Whereas 11 juvenile accused had been granted bail by the Juvenile Justice Board, 10 different accused (adults) had been granted default bail because the chargesheet in opposition to them was not filed throughout the necessary 90-days.

The accused have been booked below varied sections of the Indian Penal Code, Catastrophe Administration Act, Epidemic Ailments Act, Maharashtra Police Act, Maharashtra Harm to Public Property (Modification) Act with prices pertaining to homicide, try to homicide, armed rioting, utilizing felony pressure to forestall a public servant from discharging his duties, and so forth.


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