Bhandara rape-murder case handed over to CBI #Vaw

Last Updated: Monday, April 01, 2013, 1
Mumbai: Facing flak for “failure” of police to make headway in the probe of alleged rape and murder of three minor sisters at Murmadi in Bhandara district, Maharashtra government on Monday announced that case would be handed over to CBI.

Home Minister R R Patil made the announcement in the state Assembly.

Three girls — aged 11, 8 and 6 years — went missing from their house on February 14 and their bodies were found in a well two days later. Initially there were allegations of rape and the case has not been solved by police so far.

Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse, Devendra Phadanvis, Nana Patole (all BJP), Ashish Jaiswal (Shiv Sena) and others asked as to why the post-mortem was conducted 17 hours after the bodies were fished out.

“The bodies were kept in the morgue and left to rot,” Phadanvis said.

Patil said the delay was because family members were not allowed by villagers to go to Bhandara civil hospital for the inquest. “The family came to the hospital only after police persuaded them,” the Home Minister said.

Inquiry will be conducted as to why they were stopped from going to hospital, he said.

“If the family tells the government it is unhappy with the investigation, I would hand over the case to CBI,” he said.

To this, Khadse said he had a letter of the victims’ mother to Chief Minister, dated March 2, which said that as police had failed to crack the case, it be handed over to CBI. He further alleged that Police were pressurising their mother to withdraw the letter, which is why she was demanding protection.

On this, Patil announced that the case would be handed over to CBI.

Patil refuted the allegation that viscera were sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory so that the post-mortem report, which had said the girls had been raped, could be contradicted.

The procedure was regular, he said.

Forensic reports later said there was no indication of rape.

Patil said forensic reports were also sent to experts at two hospitals in Mumbai (KEM and JJ), and another in Delhi.

“Two reports (from Mumbai) were similar to the first one, saying that there was no sexual assault. We are awaiting report from Delhi,” he said.


NHRC pulls up Maharashtra for Bhandara sisters rape & murder #Vaw


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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