Written by Srinath Rao|Mumbai |
Updated: August 1, 2020 11: 24: 05 am
Authorities check the automobile that was attacked in Gadchinchle village. (File)
The cops in whose presence a mob in Palghar lynched two sadhus and their motorist in April had selected not to intervene for fear that they too would be eliminated, the most senior officer present at the area has informed detectives.
The 21- strong team consisting of Riot Control Cops (RCP) personnel at Gadchinchle town on April 16 night, was bring rifles, rubber bullets, tear gas shells, and stun grenades– but they did not utilize their significant toolbox to avoid the murders.
After a four-month examination into the killings, the Maharashtra Criminal Examination Department (CID) submitted two chargesheets against 126 individuals previously this month at a magistrate’s court in Dahanu town– a 4,955- page chargesheet against villagers for attempting to murder the cops, and a 5,291- page chargesheet against the very same males for murdering the sadhus and their driver.
The very first chargesheet includes the declarations of the 21 police officers, who were led by Assistant Cops Inspector Anandrao Kale.
Several of these guys, including Kale, had just 48 hours previously rescued 2 medical professionals and their motorist from another mob in another town in the very same area.
The 2 sadhus, Mahant Kalpavruksha Giri (70) and Sushilgiri Maharaj (35), and their driver Nilesh Telgade (30), were taking a trip to Surat from Mumbai, and had gone off the primary highway to surpass lockdown barricading. The area, in Dahanu taluka of Maharashtra’s tribal-dominated Palghar district, had actually been enthusiastic over the previous a number of days with rumours about childlifters and organ harvesters.
The sadhus and their motorist were assaulted, but were rescued by a police group– nevertheless, a 300-400- strong mob had actually then snatched the guys off a police vehicle and lynched them. Videos on social media had appeared to show one policeman desert the senior sadhu and get away from the mob.
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According to the chargesheet, the cops had left Kasa police headquarters at 10.18 pm in 4 vehicles after forest guards at a checkpost in Gadchinchle informed them that an automobile with three passengers was under attack.
Kale finished the 40- kilometre journey at 11.10 pm, reaching Gadchinchle 10 minutes ahead of his subordinate, Police Sub Inspector Sudhir Katare.
A van carrying 15 RCP workers arrived at 11.
The chargesheet says that the villagers disregarded three statements by Kale on the general public address system, buying them to distribute. In their declarations, the policemen have actually said that they were initially not able to reach the overturned Maruti Eeco in which the sadhus and their chauffeur were lying hurt.
Kashinath Chaudhary, a Panchayat Samiti member from the location who had accompanied the police to the town, informed the CID that the arrival of the cops had actually seemed to more enrage the villagers.
” When I asked the villagers to allow the authorities to eliminate the hurt travellers and question them, some villagers implicated us of working with the thieves.
Kale told the CID that his coworkers were showered with stones as they liberated the victims from their automobile and put them in the paddy wagon.
” The mob likewise collected around the RCP van and did not permit them to come out. It was when the mob pulled back that the RCP males were able to alight from their lorries,” he stated.
Nevertheless, the police were not able to protect Sushilgiri and Yelgade, or to help Assistant Sub Inspector R D Salunkhe, who was trying to help the elderly Kalpavruksha Giri, from the mob, both Kale and the members of the RCP team have actually informed the CID.
” The mob had actually pinned us near our cars and did not allow us to move ahead. We had pistols however did not have the nerve to fire in the middle of the crowd,” Kale said. His declaration has been connected to the chargesheet filed by the CID in the attempt to murder offence.
The chargesheet states that the RCP van had 2 12- bore rifles, 100 rounds of 12- bore ammunition, a gas gun, 10 rubber bullets, 10 tear smoke grenades, 10 tear smoke shells, five colour smoke grenades, 5 stun grenades, 10 stun grade shells, 5 hand spades, guards, batons, and pads to safeguard limbs, and helmets.
However, in his declaration, Kale said, “I felt that had I fired my weapon or utilized tear gas at that time, the violent mob would have killed us. That is the factor I did not fire my weapon and did not purchase the RCP to utilize tear gas.”
The RCP told the CID that the mob avoided them from the shooting videos of the incident, attacked them with stones and wood sticks, and alerted them versus intervening.
An RCP constable who is cited as a witness in the chargesheet remembered that the mob was shouting: “Go back. Provide us your uniforms. We will teach them (the victims) a lesson. If you do not return, we will kill you.”
Regardless of being showered with stones, struck with sticks, and having their shields and batons grabbed, the RCP workers did not retaliate, says the chargesheet.
Previous midnight, as the 3 badly beaten victims lay stationary, the mob disappeared into the forests surrounding Gadchinchle. At 12.30 am, Gaurav Singh, then Palghar superintendent of police, arrived in addition to Extra Superintendent of Cops Vikrant Deshmukh, Sub Divisional Policeman (Jawhar) Bhagwat Sonawane, and nearly 300 workers.
The SP was later sent on obligatory leave while API Kale, PSI Katare, ASI Salunkhe and 2 other constables were suspended. Thirty-five other workers published at Kasa police headquarters were moved.
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