Zee News’ basic report on lynching Palghar mobs raises many unanswered questions


MUMBAI: While the Maharashtra police tried to arrest those responsible for lynching three men, including two Saints Kalpavriksha Giri Maharaj and Sushil Giri Maharaj, in Maharashtras Palghar on April 16, Zee News’ report of the incident points to a larger conspiracy behind the victims.

Zee News editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary, in his hugely popular show DNA, asked several answered questions related to the alleged murder of the three men in Maharashtras Palghar. The Zee News Show gave an eyewitness account to find out the truth behind the whole incident.

The Zee News team spoke to Sarpanch, Chitra Chaudhary, from Garh-Chinchle village in the Dahanu region, an eyewitness to the gruesome incident. She had first reached the place where two sadhus and her driver were beaten to death by the police that day.

“At around 8:30 p.m., we learned that a vehicle had stopped at the checkpoint, where it would take 15 minutes to see the Sadhus sitting in the car,” she said to Zee News, adding that she was greeted from the inside became the car. Chitra said she also asked who they were and where they were going.

As she spoke to them, a mob gathered there, punctured the car’s tires, and knocked it over. Chitra claimed that she tried very hard to convince people until the police arrived. People were angry with her too, but somehow she managed to calm her down for two to three hours. When the police arrived at the site at 11 a.m., two of the three people surrounded by the crowd managed to sit in the police car, but when the older monk came out of the forest post with a policeman’s hand, the crowd got angry and started to hit him.

Chitra claimed that when she tried to stop people, she was also injured and somehow saved her life and came home. When she got back to the checkpoint at around noon, she saw the bodies of the monks and their driver. After this eyewitness account, the question arises of who made the mob kill the sadhus.

The Sarpanch of Garh-Chinchle village has claimed that the three men were killed for political reasons.

When trying to gather evidence, the Zee News team found that alcohol plays an important role in this tribal region and that most political parties use it as a tool to mobilize support for the population. Anyone who opposes this, including social workers and seers, will be treated as enemies by those with massive influence in the region.

The Zee News team spoke to many social organizations that have been working here for a long time. They revealed how, with covert support from several Christian missionaries, Palghar has become a battleground for political and religious supremacy.

Insiders told Zee News that the Christian missionaries working here have the full support of the left groups and are involved in the conversion of the tribesmen, as a result of which they face violent opposition from the Hindu religious community.

Over the years, Palghar and the surrounding area have become a major focus between Christian missionaries and Hindu outfits on religious conversion.

In addition, these missionaries have full support from other political parties such as the NCP, which is evident from the fact that a Kashinath Chaudhary, who is the Panchayat member of the NCP district, was also one of the mobs that killed the two men. He was accused of instigating the mob. A video has also appeared that shows that several local leaders and activists from the NCP and CPM were in the crowd during the alleged mob lynching of the three men.

All of this raises the suspicion that the two Hindu seers – Kalpavriksha Giri Maharaj and Sushil Giri Maharaj – may have been killed for political reasons.

In this tribal area there was a rumor that thieves would come and take the children away. The same rumor was attributed to the Sadhus killing. But in her testimony, the Sarpanch claimed that the mob suddenly became angry after seeing the older monk with police officers and then became angry.

The mob’s sudden change of mood suggests that the real motive was to kill the sadhus by calling them thieves, and that in front of several police officers.

Interestingly, this tribal belt in Maharashtra, including Palghar, is also known for worshiping the demon king Ravana and organizing events that glorify it. This has also led to several clashes between the tribal groups and the right-wing organizations.