Maharashtra: Two Girls Mowed Down by Shiv Sena Baramati Unit Chief's vehicle

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Following the incident, local villagers gathered at the spot, set the vehicle on fire and held a rasta roko at the accident spot.

A speeding Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) allegedly in possession of a local Shiv Sena leader mowed down three school girls in Baramati tehsil.

One girl is also said to have been injured in the accident. "Both the girls died on the spot while the third girl sustained injuries and was rushed to a hospital", a police officer said.

A group of angry local people set the SUV on fire and blocked the road to press for action against the Sena leader.

Police have found some suspicious objects in the vehicle, including a large knife and some tools needed for animal hunting, said sources.

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According to locals, the vehicle belongs to the Shiv Sena Baramati unit chief Pappu Mane.

The three arrested persons have been identified as Akash Jagtap, Rushikesh Chaudhar and Prithviraj Chavan, all residents of Baramati.

However, Bangar refused to say whether Mane was among the two who are yet to be arrested, or whether he was driving the auto.

Police have registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 and other relevant sections of Indian Penal Code.

They managed to nab the driver of the auto who was later handed over to police. Speaking to DNA, additional superintendent of police Sandeep Pakhale said, "We have summoned Mane for questioning".

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