Dhule lynching: SP says it was spontaneous

5 Jul 2018

The lynching of five nomads in a remote village of this district of Maharashtra last Sunday was spontaneous, according to a top police official.
Dhule's superintendent of police M Ramkumar said many of those arrested have claimed that they joined in thrashing the five men without actually knowing about the provocation. The police has arrested 24 people so far in connection with the July 1 lynching in remote Rainpada village, about 100 kms from the Dhule district headquarters, which was believed to have been triggered by a rumour about a child-lifting gang being active in the area. In the videos which went viral, the victims, belonging to Nath Gosavi community, were seen being thrashed with sticks and chappals and stoned after one of them apparently tried to speak to a six-year-old girl.
"It was a spontaneous reaction of the villagers," Ramkumar told news agency PTI in an interview here while referring to the incident that shook the nation. "When we asked the accused in our custody why they beat up the tribals, they told us that they did not even know the antecedents of the victims, neither did they hear about any rumours. They just started hitting the victims after seeing their co-villagers thrashing them," Ramkumar added. He said some had slapped the victims, others hit them with chappals, some broke the doors and windows of panchayat office and others hit them inside, which led to their death.