Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil on Wednesday made it clear that lynching of a person in a train was not a "hate crime" against north Indians and the government will pay a compensation of Rs two lakh to the family of the victim, who was beaten to death by fellow commuters.
"This is not a hate crime and we will give compensation of Rs two lakh to the family of the victim," Patil told reporters.
"The state government owns the responsibility of protecting migrants from other states including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh," he said.
When asked whether the attackers were MNS activists, he said, "I do not have any confirmation of the report. But we will take strict action against the offenders."