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?
Police were punished for their reaction to the lynching
Two policemen were suspended in connection to the incident.
The police did not try to stop the lynching
Despite witnessing the incident, the police make no attempt to stop it.
The police did not arrange the lynching and even tried to stop it.
The Palghar lynchings were a religious hate crime
The lynchings, given that they were committed against Hindu priests, are thought by some to be a religious hate crime.
The police tried to stop the lynching
Police tried to step in to stop the mobs, but were attacked themselves.
'Whatsapp lynchings' are common
Lynching based on false information spread on Whatsapp, as this was, have become increasingly common in India.
This page was last edited on Thursday, 23 Apr 2020 at 13:18 UTC