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SC orders clubbing of PILs on the mob-lynching case of the Palghar sadhus

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India hearing the petitions on the horrific mob-lynching of the Palghar sadhus has ordered a clubbing of all PILs on the matter. The petition of legal activist Shashank Shekhar Jha will now be clubbed together with the petitions filed by the family of the deceased and others.

The SC in the previous hearing has asked the Maharashtra government to file a status report. The Maharashtra government filed a status report in a ‘taped envelope’ which was taken on record by the SC.

The mob-lynching in Palghar led to the unfortunate and brutal death of Panchdashnaam Joona Akhada” namely Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri age 70 years and Sushilgiri Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri age 35 years along with their car driver ilesh Telgase aged 30 years dated 16.04.2020 who were traveling to attend the funeral of their Guru Shri Mahant Ram Giriji to Surat, Gujrat from Maharashtra.

Reportedly their car was stopped by a mob of over 200 people while they were passing from Gadhchinchale Village, Kosa, Palghar, Maharashtra during a period of National Lockdown which raises a serious suspicion on part of local police and administration.

Despite of Police officials from Kasa arriving at the place of incident and taking them in their custody, berserk mob pulled them out of the police jeep and lynched them to death in most horrific manner during which, police did not take any concrete step to protect these innocent men which could be proved by the fact that they didn’t use any force to disperse the crowd. One of the video even shows that one of the police official actually pushed sadhus into the crowd when they were asking for the protection.

National Human Rights Commission have issued a notice to the Police Chief of Maharashtra calling for a detailed report within four weeks while observing it as ‘negligence by the public servants’.

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