MUMBAI:A clear leftist link has emerged in the lynching and murder of Sadhus in Maharashtra’s Palghar wherein a CPI (M) gram panchayat member has been accused of gathering a mob and the modus operandi in the lynching was similar to that employed by Naxals.
Local tribals have also alleged that the youths in the region are being brainwashed by leftists.
An FIR lodged in the matter by Son Police alleges that a local CPM gram panchayat member gathered a mob armed with sticks and stones to attack the Sadhus. The Gandchinchle village is said to be a leftist stronghold dominated by the the CPI ( M.) and it has a CPI ( M) MLA.
The FIR also claims that roads were blocked by cutting trees and placing boulders which is a common Naxal modus operandi.
A few local tribals have claimed that the local youths are being misguided by leftists.
“The youth are being misguided by the followers of Left ideology. Messages on social media saying ‘tribals are not Hindu’ are being widely circulated on WhatsApp and social media”, a tribal was quoted as saying.
The report adds that only around 50 per cent of the accused have been caught in the matter, with the rest being believed to be hiding in nearby forests.