Expressing deep shock over the Bhandara rape incident, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said the police official who did not deal with the complainant promptly and professionally has been suspended, and added teams have been formed to pursue different lines of investigation and the investigation is ongoing.
"I am deeply shocked at the despicable, ghastly and brutal manner in which three minor girls from the same family were brutally raped and murdered and then thrown into an abandoned well near Murwadi village, Lakhani Police Station, Bhandara District of Maharashtra. I am sure that the collective conscience of all the Members of the House would be equally revolted to know about this horrendous incident," said Shinde in a statement made in the Rajya Sabha on the issue of rape incident in Bhandara District of Maharashtra.
"We have since received a report from the Maharashtra State Government. On the basis of information provided by Raibhan Borkar, aged 65 that his three grand-daughters namely: Km. Tanuja Borkar age 11 years, Km. Prachi Borkar age 9 years and Km. Priya Borkar age 6 years were not traceable since they left school on the morning of 14h February at Lakhani Police Station, Bhandara District a missing case was registered at Lakhani Police Station at 22:25 hours," he added.
Shinde said 'the police officers and men intensified patrolling in the police station area on the 15th and 16th February to trace the missing girls. On the 16th February, at 17:20 hours, Shri. Prabhakar Baburao Chole called the local police station and informed that he noticed bodies of three girls floating in the well in the farm. After an inquest by the Taluka Magistrate, Lakhani a post-mortem was conducted by a team of five doctors and it appears that all three deceased girls were subjected to sexual abuse and murdered before throwing them into the well'.
"The police have registered an FIR, vide CR No. 40/2013 u/s 302, 376, 201 IPC (Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance 2013) read with u/s 4, 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The SP Bhandara, Dr. Arati Singh and local officers have camped at the Police Station and are conducting the investigation," he added.
Shinde further said 'Police Inspector, Prakash Mude, in-charge of the police station was suspended on 19th February as he did not deal with the complainant promptly and professionally'.
"Teams have been formed to pursue different lines of investigation and the investigation is ongoing. The Maharashtra Police is carrying out investigation to track the offenders," he added. (ANI)