The Maharashtra government has already ordered a high-level inquiry into the lynching incident that took place on the night of April 16 when three Mumbai residents who were on their way to Surat in Gujarat in a car were lynched by villagers in Palghar district on the suspicion that they were thieves.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. (Photo: PTI)

Politics has over the Palghar mob lynching incident intensified as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath spoke to his Maharashtra counterpart, urging him to take strict action against the culprits involved in the case.

Yogi Adityanath, in a tweet, said, “I have spoken to the Maharashtra CM Udhhav Thackeray regarding the murder of saints of Juna Akhara Swami Kalpvrikshgiri, Swami Sushilgiri, and their driver Neelesh Telgarhe. I have urged him to take strict action against the culprits involved.”

Earlier on Monday, Uddhav Thackeray urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to take action against those giving communal colour to the lynching incident. The state government has already ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.

“Maharashtra CM has informed that some persons have been arrested and the others are being identified. Strict action will be taken against them,” Yogi Adityanath said.

Prominent seers have also condemned the Palghar lynching incident, raising concerns over the law and order situation in Maharashtra.

Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri said, “The brutal incident in Palghar reveals the lawlessness in Maharashtra. Strictest possible action must be taken against the accused. Action must also be taken against the negligent cops. Seers are not safe under Thackeray’s rule.”

Mahant Raju Das of the Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya said, “Shiv Sena claims to be a party of ‘Hindutva’ but the Palghar incident has angered the seers across the country. We will march towards Maharashtra to protest against this incident once the lockdown is lifted.”

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