SUV owned by Sena leader kin mows down 2

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Two school­girls were killed and an­other was in­jured on Thurs­day morn­ing when they were run over by a speed­ing SUV be­long­ing to a lo­cal Shiv Sena leader's rel­a­tive in Ma­ha­rash­tra's Bara­mati, lead­ing to a protest by res­i­dents who set the ve­hi­cle ablaze.

The SUV is reg­is­tered in the name of a rel­a­tive of Sena leader Pappu Mane, who of­ten uses it, but was not in­side the ve­hi­cle at the time of the mishap that oc­curred on the Bara­mati-Mor­gaon road, 120 km from here, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cial said.

Fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, the driver and other oc­cu­pants of the SUV fled from the spot, leav­ing be­hind the ve­hi­cle. A group of an­gry lo­cals set it on fire and re­sorted to a 'rasta roko' (road block) to de­mand the driver's ar­rest, he said.

The de­ceased girls, iden­ti­fied as Samik­sha Vitkar (13) and Divya Pawar (12), were on their way to school when they were knocked down by the car. "Both the girls died on the spot while the third girl sus­tained in­juries and was rushed to a hospi­tal," the po­lice of­fi­cer said.

"Ac­cord­ing to our in­ves­ti­ga­tion, there were three to four peo­ple in­side the car when the ac­ci­dent took place, but Mane was not in­side the SUV. We have sum­moned him for ques­tion­ing," he said. The law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the area is un­der con­trol, the po­lice added.

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