Car used by Shiv Sena leader runs over two girls in Bara­mati

DNA (Delhi) - - INDI - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

En­raged res­i­dents of Kare Wa­gaj vil­lage in Bara­mati tehsil on Thurs­day torched a sports util­ity ve­hi­cle that ploughed into three school go­ing girls, killing two of them on the spot. The mob also help up traf­fic in the area for a few hours.

The in­ci­dent took place at about 7:30 am on the Bara­mati-Mor­gaon road, about 115 km from Pune.

The de­ceased girls have been iden­ti­fied as Divya Dnyanesh­war Pawar (12) and Samik­sha Manoj Vikar(13). The third girl was se­ri­ously in­jured and is cur­rently in hospi­tal.

The SUV which knocked down the girls is al­legedly used by lo­cal Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane, but is reg­is­tered in the name of a rel­a­tive. A po­lice of­fi­cer from Bara­mati taluka po­lice sta­tion said, “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on whether Mane was be­hind the wheel. Ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion, three girls were walk­ing to­wards their school when the car knocked them down.”

Speak­ing to DNA, ad­di­tional su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice San­deep Pakhale said, “We have sum­moned Mane for ques­tion­ing. He has said that he was not present in the ve­hi­cle when it met with the ac­ci­dent. We are now in­ter­ro­gated him to get the de­tails of the oc­cu­pants who were present in the ve­hi­cle.”

Lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cials said 3-4 per­sons were in the SUV when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened. The vil­lagers man­aged to nab one of the oc­cu­pants and handed over him to the po­lice.

Bara­mati po­lice have ar­rested three per­sons in con­nec­tion with the ac­ci­dent. They have been iden­ti­fied as Akash Balasa­heb Jag­tap (22), Hr­ishikesh Sub­hash Chavad­har, and Prithvi­raj Dnyan­deo Cha­van, all res­i­dents of Bara­mati. Po­lice have reg­is­tered a case of cul­pa­ble homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der un­der sec­tion 304 and other rel­e­vant sec­tions of In­dian Pe­nal Code.

“The ve­hi­cle was in pos­ses­sion of lo­cal Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane and the ar­rested per­sons are close friends of Mane,” a lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cer told DNA. “On Wed­nes­day night, they had taken the ve­hi­cle from Mane for a joy ride. On Thurs­day morn­ing when they were driv­ing the ve­hi­cle, the driver lost the con­trol over the ve­hi­cle and it en­tered into wrong lane and knocked down the girls.”

When asked if the ar­rested per­sons were un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol while driv­ing, po­lice of­fi­cer said that the med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of all the three per­sons has been car­ried out and they are wait­ing for re­ports.

— ANI

A mob later set the ve­hi­cle on fire at Bara­mati-Mor­gaon Road

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