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Mowad firing: Magisterial enquiry ordered

The last rites of Sanjay Ghorse, the youth who fell to police bullets in the trouble-torn Mowad town on Friday, were performed on Saturday evening.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2011 21:31 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra

The last rites of Sanjay Ghorse, the youth who fell to police bullets in the trouble-torn Mowad town on Friday, were performed on Saturday evening.

Ghorse was killed in police firing when a mob marched to the local police station and allegedly pelted stones to protest against the police inaction in booking NCP activist, Firoz Sheikh, for allegedly raping a 19-year old girl.

The district administration has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the circumstances leading to police firing at Mowad on Friday.

The mob that openly alleged that deputy municipal chief of Mowad, Firoz Diwan and Sheikh, were the culprits. The infuriated mob attacked Sheikh's house and burnt it on Friday.

An embarrassed NCP immediately removed Sheikh from the party citing his misconduct.

The leader of opposition in the state assembly, Eknath Khadse, flew in from Mumbai on Saturday afternoon and rushed to Mowad, along with the vocal BJP legislator, Devendra Fadnavis to meet the family members of Ghorse and the rape victim.

After meeting the families of Ghorse, Khadse demanded a judicial enquiry by a sitting judge into the incident. He also met the family members of the rape victim and the villagers tonight and insisted immediate arrest of Sheikh.

According to available information, Sheikh had a one-sided love affair with the 19-year-old girl whose parents had fixed her marriage recently. Irked over this, an agitated Sheikh had threatened the girl and her family with dire consequences.

On August 2, he asked the girl to meet him at the residence of police constable, Pramod Tabhane. When the girl reached there, Tabhane left for Narkhed, a nearby township, leaving the two alone. Taking advantage of the situation, Sheikh reportedly raped the girl.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Mowad though appeared peaceful, but the anger was simmering among the people. Finally public wrath spilled over on the streets on Friday afternoon. A huge mob first gathered the Mowad police station when Sanjay Jogdanand, the police station incharge of Narkhed, visited the Mowad police station. People demanded Tabhane's immediate suspension and that Sheikh be booked.

Manoj Sharma, the superintendent of police, Nagpur (rural), said that the police have not received any complaint about the rape. "How can we book a person without a complaint?" he asked.

Sharma informed that around 35 persons were rounded up for rioting and arson. "We also held a peace meeting on Saturday evening and appealed to all for cooperation," he added and informed that was no untoward incident at the town since last evening.