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  • On 16 April 2020, a vigilante group lynched two Hindu Sadhus and their driver in Gadchinchale Village, Palghar District, Maharashtra, India. The incident was fuelled by WhatsApp rumours of thieves operating in the area during the countrywide coronvirus lockdown. The vigilante group of villagers had mistaken the three passengers as thieves and killed them.[1] Policemen who intervened were also attacked; four policemen and a senior police officer were injured.[2][3] As of 4 May, 115 villagers have been arrested by the Maharashtra police on charges of murder and an investigation is ongoing.[4][5][6] After the incident, rumours were spread to stoke religious tension.[7] On 22 April, Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh posted a complete list of people arrested, stating that none of the arrested were Muslims.[4][8] The government said that both the attackers and the victims were of same religion.[7][3]
Incident Two Juna Akhara Sadhus belonging to the Gosavi nomadic tribe,[13] Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri (70 years old) and Sushilgiri Maharaj (35 years old) along with their 30-year-old driver Nilesh Telgade were travelling to attend the funeral of their Guru Shri Mahant Ramgiri[14] in Surat.[15][16] Around 10 pm, as they were passing through Gadchinchale, 140 km north of Mumbai, a forest department sentry stopped their car at local checkpoint. While they were talking to the sentry the vigilante group accosted and attacked them with sticks and axes.[10] The Indian Express reported that the victims were mistaken for being child thieves and organ harvesters.[10][17][7] According to reports published on 17 April, the police had tried to control the mob, but they were beaten when they tried to intervene.[2][18][19] Four policemen and a senior police officer received injuries in the incident.[2][3] On 19 April, several bystander videos went viral. In one of the videos, a police officer is seen leading Kalpavrukshagiri out of a building. The mob begins attacking Kalpavrukshagiri who is seen begging for his life, while policemen try to control the situation.[20] The attackers then take him away and kill him.[21][22][20] In another video, the mob is seen breaking the windows of a police patrol vehicle. The vehicle is seen rolled over with shattered glass in yet another video.[20]


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