Mistaken As Thieves, 3 Men Lynched By 200-Strong Mob in Palghar


The mob in Maharashtra’s Palghar district mistook the occupants of the Ecco van to be thieves and killed them, according to the police.

Palghar| Three unidentified men were beaten to death by a 200-strong mob of tribals in Palghar district of Maharashtra late on Thursday night, police said.

This is second such attack within three days.

Kasa police station inspector Anandrao Kale said that 30 people have been detained in Kasa on Friday morning though no arrest has been made yet.

According to the police, the mob mistook the occupants of the Ecco van to be thieves and lynched them to death.

The 3 men were coming from Mumbai in a van on Thursday night when they were stopped on the Dhabadi-Khanvel road near Gadchinchale village by local residents. They were pulled out of their van and attacked with stones, the police said.

The police were alerted about the incident around midnight.

Anandrao Kale, an assistant police inspector (API) with Kasa police station said the mob started to question the travellers and pulled them out of the van and started hitting them. The driver managed to call the police and a team rushed to the spot, he added.

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“The mob was strong and we tried to save the passengers but it also targeted us and started to pelt stones while beating them and as a result, the trio succumbed to their injuries,” Kale said.

A case under IPC section 302 (murder) along with others, including armed rioting and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), has been registered, police said.

3 days ago, 4 personnel of Kasa Police, including API Kale, were injured and the SUV of a skin specialist Dr Vishwas Walwi of Thane was destroyed at Saarni village by a mob.

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