Bengaluru: In what raises suspicion over the investigation taking place in the Palghar lynching case of two sadhus and their driver, a fact-finding panel has found out that an NCP leader was seen during the murderous attack. 

The NCP leader has been identified as Kashinath Chaudhary. He was an onlooker during the entire episode. 

Times Now has put out a video in this regard. 


Kashinath Chaudhary is the district member of the NCP. Reports further add that CPM leaders Vishnu Patra, Subhash Bhavar, and Dharma Bhavar were also present at the spot at the time of lynching.

Such an observation has led to doubts over the credibility of the investigation by the Maharashtra police. 

Moreover, reports further add that the NCP leader is close to home minister Anil Deshmukh, leaving it open to more debates and discussions. 

More on the committee: 

The committee was formed by Vivek Vichar Manch.

Earlier, it had noted thus: “The brutal and inhuman mob lynching of Sanyasis is the outcome of a violent approach which has been influencing the tribal community.”

It further noted: “If it were spontaneous, then how did 400-odd people assemble at the spot, what was the logistical support? The police also practically handed over the sadhus to the mob instead of stopping them.”

It also notes how groups are spreading hatred and ill-will against the union government.

The recommendations:

  • The committee had also given a few recommendations:
  • The investigation should be handled by NIA.
  • Don’t implicate the innocent tribals for political pressure
  • Investigate the real eyewitnesses
  • There are groups that thrive on communal and anti-democratic agenda. So it would be better if CBI or NIA investigates it


A note on Palghar lynching:

It was on April 16 that two sadhus and their driver were lynched by a mob while they were on their way to Gujarat.

The incident took place at Gadchinchale village in Palghar district, Maharashtra.

The two sadhus of Juna Akhara are identified as Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri (70) and Sushilgiri Maharaj (35).

The police, who were present at the scene, handed over the sadhus to the hostile mob.

By not providing enough security to the sadhus, Uddhav Thackeray had displayed his careless attitude towards the helpless and innocent beings.

Of course, the religion doesn’t matter her, for it is lives under question. But a party like Shiva Sena which brags and boasts about its Hindutva leanings, has failed terribly and miserably in securing the lives of sadhus.