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If members of the ruling government are responsible for the incident, then there is a chance of an unfair investigation, the petitioner has submitted
A private sector employee from Uttar Pradesh has moved the Bombay High Court seeking a National Investigative Agency (NIA) or a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the Palghar lynching incident, wherein two Sadhus and their driver were killed by a mob.
Dev Ashish Dubey, in his petition filed through Advocates Om Prakash Parihar and Dushyant Tiwari, states that even though the Maharashtra government has ordered a high-level probe into the matter, if "members of the ruling government are responsible for the incident, then there is a chance of an unfair investigation." The petition reads,
"Even ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra has alleged and showed video proof of ruling party leader being present with the mob, when those three innocent people were getting attacked by the mob, and currently the present government is formed with the support of the two more-coalition partner and it was a pre planned attack which was done to harm one religion people."
In light of these submissions, the plea has not only called for an NIA or CBI probe into the matter, but has also asked the High Court to direct such an investigating team to identify and arrest all the culprits behind the act.
On April 16, a village in Maharashtra's Palghar district witnessed the mob lynching of three people, including two 70-year-old Sadhus.
The plea states that the villagers stopped the vehicle on the Dhabadi-Khanvel road near village Gadchinchale when the three were on their way to Surat to attend a funeral.
"As per the news channel videos, these three were at the Police Chowki from where mob came and police handed over these three people to the mob," reads the plea.
The petition has relied on videos which "further show that these three people were begging police to save them, but instead of saving them but police stood there as mute spectators, just letting the barbaric act unfold".
The plea also notes that despite the lockdown and Section 144 of CrPC being imposed in Maharashtra in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mob had gathered without following any social distancing norms.