Shiv Sena leader's auto runs over schoolchildren in Maharashtra's Baramati, 2 killed

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

After the accident, an angry mob set the vehicle on fire.

Mumbai: A auto belonging to a Shiv Sena leader on Thursday ran over and killed two teenaged girls on the Baramati-Morgaon Road in Maharashtra's Pune district, said ANI reports.

According to reports, Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane was allegedly driving the auto at a high speed when he lost control and mowed down the two girls, one was a student of class seventh and the other of class eighth.

The incident took place at around 7.30 am when the girls were walking on the side of the road to go to school in Kare Wagaj village on Baramati-Morgaon road in Baramati tehsil, around 115 kilometers from Pune. The police say initial questioning indicates that the politician's friend had borrowed his auto.

Both the news channels reported that angry locals burnt the Shiv Sena leader's vehicle after the incident. They also staged a blockade on the road, and allowed traffic to ply only after senior police officers assured them that the culprits would be arrested.

The SUV which knocked down the girls is owned by local Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane.

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

Mane along with another person who was sitting in the vehicle fled from the scene soon after the accident. A police officer from Baramati taluka police station said, "The investigation is still on whether Mane was behind the wheel. At this point, we will not be able to reveal who among the five was driving the vehicle, as it is an ongoing probe", said Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Baramati, Bapu Bangar.

The law and order situation in the area is under control, the police added.

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