Bhandara Rape Case: Police Clueless Of Culprits; Protest Intensifies, Villages Shutdown
Bhandara Rape Case: Police Clueless Of Culprits; Protest Intensifies, Villages Shutdown Reuters

Protesting the abduction, rape and murder of three minor sisters in Bhandara, the Lakhni village and surrounding areas in Maharashtra called for a shut down on Sunday. 

According to reports, an all-party demonstration was held in the village demanding the arrest of those responsible for the crime.

Though 12 police teams were appointed to investigate the incident, police have failed to trace the identity of the culprits.

Police have interrogated several suspects. They also referred to satellite images of the area to trace movements of people near the crime scene in their attempt to reach the culprits, IANS reported.

Authorities said that they are also investigating if seasonal vendors were involved in the crime.

The incident happened at a time when the country is demanding strict laws against offenders in rape cases and enhanced protection for women. The corpses of the three minor sisters aged five, nine and 11 were found in a well near an eatery four days after they went missing from home. Reports said the culprits may have lured the girls to to a distant place under the pretext of giving food.

The girls' widowed mother was admitted to hospital after her health deteriorated. She had earlier demanded that the culprits be hanged in public. "I think the men who did this should be found at the earliest and hanged in public," she told CNN-IBN.

She had also expressed her protest against the police stating that they failed to take action after she filed a missing complaint.

"The first day when we filed the complaint, the police didn't act on it. Had they looked for the girls, my girls would have been found. This is nothing but negligence."

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had announced a compensation of Rs10 lakh to the girl's mother.