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None of 101 arrested in Palghar lynching case is a Muslim: Govt

The govt also appealed the BJP and other Hindutva lobby to refrain from communalising the brutal murder

Wednesday April 22, 2020 6:01 PM, ummid.com with inputs from Agencies

Are Muslim Behind Palghar Lynching

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government Wednesday released the details of 101 arrested people who are accused of lynching three, including two sadhus, in Palghar.

Releasing the list in public domain, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh categorically said none of the accused are Muslims and appealed the BJP and other Hindutva lobby to refrain from communalising the brutal murder.

“Palghar mob lynching is a grotesque incident which happened due to rumours on social media about child kidnappers and thieves prowling in the area", Deshmukh said in a statement shared on social media.

"A high-level inquiry is going on and, meanwhile, people are requested not to fall for rumours and verify the facts from trusted sources", he added.

“There is a voice heard in the video ‘oye bas,’ and people circulated it online with some calling it ‘Shoaib bas.’ At a time when the entire state machinery is busy fighting Coronavirus, there are some people who are trying to bring communal angle into it,” he said.

The videos about 'Shoaib bas' had been extensively circulated to fan claims of Muslim involvement in the Palghar lynching. The minister however categorically ruled this out.

Three people, including two sadhus, were brutally beaten to death at the remote Gadchinchle village in Palghar district on the night of April 16.

According to reports, the three were trying to cross border to Gujarat on their way to SUrat and were refused entry at Dadra and Nagar Haveli union territory. The villagers stopped the car as the area was infested with rumours about a kidnappers’ gang and thieves. A mob of over hundred lynched the three.

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