An unidentified man attacked two minor girls at Sudumbre village in Maval taluka of Pune district on Saturday morning. A seven-year-old girl identified as Payal Santosh Jagtap, a resident of Hingangaon in Loni Kalbhor, died in the incident. Another girl identified as Rutuja Kaluram Kusumkar (14), a resident of Sudumbre village, was injured and admitted to hospital.
Rutuja’s father Kaluram has lodged a complaint against an unidentified person at Talegaon MIDC police station. Pune rural police dispatched teams to identify and arrest the assailant. Primary investigation by the police revealed that Payal was a student of class III in a local Marathi medium school in Hingangaon. She had come to Sudumbre with her mother on Friday to participate in the Rokdoba Maharaj Vatshik Utsav, a traditional annual village fare, to be held on Saturday.
Rutuja is a student of Class VIII in a local school at Sudumbre. Police said that the two girls are cousins, belonging to tribal families. Both went to defecate in the open near a stream in Sudumbre at around 10 am. Here some unidentified person attacked the girls with a sharp weapon.
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While both the girls were lying in a pool of blood, a few labourers working on a nearby brick kiln spotted them and raised an alarm for help. Soon, they informed Rutuja’s father Kaluram, who is also a labourer at the brick kiln. The labourers, along with Kaluram, rushed the two girls to hospital in Talegaon Dabhade. Meanwhile, a police team reached the spot for investigation.
Payal succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment. Rutuja’s condition was reported to be critical. Police said that the assailant had attacked them brutally on the neck. Kaluram told media persons that they have no enmity with anybody. He has been working at the brick kiln for the last four years. Due to the village fare, there was no work at the brick kiln on Saturday. The family was busy preparing for the rituals when the incident took place.
Inspector Ramdas Ingawale said, “The girl who survived the attack has confirmed that one man attacked both of them. We have got some description of this man from the injured girl. Investigation is on to identify and arrest him.”