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Palghar lynching: SC seeks report from Maha police

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The Supreme Court (SC) has sought a report from the Maharashtra police in the Palghar lynchinng incident. The apex court on Friday asked for the report following a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha seeking either a CBI inquiry into the incident or a court-monitored probe.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna refused to stay the ongoing investigation by the state police. The PIL alleged that the state police was complicit in the incident and questioned how a crowd could gather at the site when a lockdown was in force. The counsel for Maharashtra informed the court that a high-level inquiry was already on in the incident.

In mid April, two sadhus and their driver on the way to Surat to attend a funeral were stopped at Palghar by the locals and beaten to death. The locals suspected them of being thieves. Five policemen were suspended following the incident while the entire staff of the Kasa Police station under whose jurisdiction the incident happened were transferred. A video footage of the three people being beaten and the cops being mute spectators went viral prompting the government into action.