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Were Indian police complicit in the Palghar lynching? Show more Show less

On 16 April 2020, two Hindu priests and their driver were killed. This happened after the men were stopped by a crowd of men at a checkpoint amid coronavirus lockdown, accused of being thieves or child kidnappers, and then taken away and killed. The presence of the police at the scene has raised questions about their involvement. Did they do enough to try to stop the killings? Or did they let it take place?

No, the police were not complicit in the Palghar lynching Show more Show less

The police did not arrange the lynching and even tried to stop it.
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The police tried to stop the lynching

Police tried to step in to stop the mobs, but were attacked themselves.
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The Argument

Police tried to stop the lynching, but were instead attacked by the mob and could not save the victims. A statement released by the local police stated that “one of our patrolling vehicles later spotted the severely injured trio lying on the road and stopped to investigate. However, our team was also attacked by the mob and the vehicle pelted with stones. Our personnel had to flee and were unable to rescue to the victims”.[1] They clearly were not complicit; they were just, sadly, unable to save the victims.

Counter arguments

The police did not try to stop the lynching. Video of the lynching shows the police letting it happen, and police were then suspended over the incident.[2]

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  1. https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/3-lynched-in-palghar-after-rumours-over-mistaken-identity/article31371237.ece
  2. https://www.indiatoday.in/india-today-insight/story/could-palghar-lynchings-have-been-averted-1669180-2020-04-21

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