Wants Report On Bhandara Atrocity Within Four Weeks
Sanjeev Shivadekar TNN
Mumbai: The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday directed the Maharashtra government to submit a detailed report on the death of three girls in Bhandara district. The commission has asked the chief secretary to file a reply within four weeks on the entire incident.
According to police reports, the bodies of the three sisters were found in a farm well on Saturday near Murmadi village of Bhandara district in Maharashtra. The police initially claimed it was a murder case. Following pressure from local villagers and after getting the post mortem report, they confirmed that the girls, aged 6, 9, and 11, were also sexually abused.
They had gone missing from the village on February 14. The NHRC, on its website, stated that the commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the three minors being raped and killed. The chief secretary’s office confirmed the development. However, despite repeated attempts, chief secretaryJayant Kumar Banthia was not available for comments.
Meanwhile, the situation on the ground remained tense as the police have not arrested any culprit in the case till date. “Police and local administration have failed to trace the culprits. Locals have lost their faith in the state machinery and have stopped sending their kids to the school. This is a serious crime. The Maharashtra government should hand over the investigations to the CBI,” Nana Patole (BJP), local MLA told TOI.
PM condemns sisters’ killing
New Delhi:PM Manmohan Singh “expressed serious condemnation” of the rape and murder of three minor girls in Maharashtra. At aCabinet meeting on Thursday, he also announced Rs 10 lakh ex gratia to the family. TNN
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