Mumbai/Ahmednagar : A 15-year-old girl was brutally raped allegedly by three men who inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before throttling her in Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district. The incident, which came to light ahead of the monsoon session of the state legislature beginning Monday, has taken a political turn with Opposition Leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who handles Home portfolio, on “moral grounds”.

‘‘We have a chief minister who also holds Home portfolio. He refuses to acknowledge that the law and order situation in the state is deteriorating under his tenure. He did not even have time to go and visit the bereaved family. He should immediately take moral responsibility and resign,” the Congress leader said.

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde demanded capital punishment for the accused besides a high-level inquiry into the matter. He alleged that photos of the Ahmednagar district Guardian Minister Ram Shinde hobnobbing with the “prime accused” in the case are doing rounds in media. When contacted, Shinde, who was recently elevated to the post of cabinet minister, denied any relationship with the accused.

All the three accused, Jitendra Shinde, Santosh Bhaval and Nitin Dhailume, were arrested by the local crime branch after the incident occurred on July 13. According to the police, the deceased was a student of class IX. “The incident took place on July 13 between 6.45 PM and 7.30 PM when the 15-year-old victim was returning after meeting her grandfather. She was accosted by the aforesaid who gang raped her before throttling her to death. Her both shoulders were found to be dislocated,” Ahmednagar SP Saurabh Tripathi told PTI. He said Shinde alias ‘Pappu’ was arrested on July 14 while the other two accused were held later The crime triggered protests in Karjat taluka in Ahmednagar district, where villagers took to streets demanding strict action against the accused.

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