Central Bureau of Investigation says won't take over Bhandara probe

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 9:21am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has turned down the state police’s request for the second time to take over the investigations of the mysterious death of three sisters in Bhandara in February.

Initially, doctors had claimed that the girls were raped and then murdered. Later, another panel of doctors revealed that the girls had died due to drowning. Amid all the controversy, the state government had decided to hand over the case to the CBI for further investigation.

“The CBI sent us a letter saying that they won’t take up the case. This was the second time it has refused to take over investigations. They said there was nothing in the case for them to probe.

Now, the case remains with the Bhandara police,” Sanjeev Dayal, director general of police, Maharashtra, told dna.

The girls, aged eleven, eight, and six, were reported missing after school hours on February 14.

Their bodies were found two days later in a well near a farmhouse, about half a kilometre from their village Murmadi in Bhandara’s Lakhni taluka. Two witnesses had claimed that they had seen the three sisters playing near the well around 3.30pm.

Two pairs of slippers were found near the well. One pair was the eldest girl’s. “The slippers had soil on their soles. We had taken soil samples from near the girls’ house, school and other areas for forensic analysis. The only soil that matched the dirt on the slippers was from the area near the well,” said a police officer.

The accounts of two eyewitnesses more or less establish that the girls must have walked from their home to the well, where they were seen playing. “We had started the investigation with a medical opinion that the girls were raped and then murdered. However, the government-formed expert committee has stated that there is no rape and no homicide in the deaths,” Dayal said.

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