STF to probe murder of Dalit family in Ahmednagar

Three members of a Dalit family were found decapitated and dumped in a well a few on Wednesday.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 26, 2014 12:41 am

MAHARASHTRA Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has directed state’s Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal to form a special task force (STF) to probe the brutal murder of a Dalit family in Ahmednagar on Tuesday.

Three members of a Dalit, Sanjay Jadhav (45), Jayashree Jadhav (40) and Sunil Jadhav (20), were found decapitated and dumped in a well a few metres away from their home in Javkhede Khalsa village of Pathardi taluka Wednesday.

“A special task force has been formed under IG (Nashik) range, who is camping there. Both the STF and the local police are carrying out parallel inquiries,” DGP Sanjeev Dayal said.

According to the governor’s spokesperson, a call was made to Dayal soon after a delegation of the Republican Party of India (A) met Rao at Raj Bhavan Saturday.

The spokesperson said that a compensation of Rs 3.75 lakh had been disbursed to the Jadhav family.

A high-level meeting will soon be convened to review all cases of violence against Dalits in the state, the governor’s spokesperson said.
According to the police, the family went missing late on October 20 and was found only after a search operation was launched by the relatives. A case has been registered at the Javkhede police station under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocity) Act. No arrests have been made so far, the police said.

“We cannot make any comment about the motive until arrests are made,” said Lakhmi Gautam, superintendent of police, Ahmednagar.

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