Palghar lynching: One staff dismissed, two compulsorily retired, pay cut for 15 others

Maharashtra Police has told the Supreme Court that it dropped one of its staff, compulsorily retired two others and reduced the pay to minimum for 15 others in connection with the Palghar lynching of two sadhus on April 16.

In an affidavit filed in the highest court, which is hearing requests seeking an independent investigation into the crime, the state police said it had filed two charge sheets against 126 accused persons.

An inquiry was also filed on the police offices “who have been prima-facie found negligent and derelict in the performance of their duties in handling the incident and preventing the commission of a crime at and around the time of the aforesaid incident”.

Accordingly, one Assistant Police Inspector has been dismissed, one Assistant Police Sub Inspector and one police driver compulsorily retired from service, and pay reduced to minimum for varying periods for one Sub Inspector, one Head Constable and 13 Police Constables, the affidavit said.

The three victims from Mumbai were going to attend a funeral in Surat amid the lockdown when their vehicle was stopped and they were attacked by a mob in Gadchinchile village on the night of April 16 allegedly in the presence of police.