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Feb 27, 2013 at 10:37am IST

Bhandara rape: Two weeks on, police clueless about how, where the victims were murdered

Mumbai: Nearly two weeks since the horrific rape and murder of three sisters in Maharashtra's Bhandara, no one has been arrested yet. The police remain clueless about where and how the murder took place.

What shocked the country a fortnight ago has now turned into a baffling jigsaw puzzle. Culprits behind the horrendous rape and murder of three school going sisters in the Bhandara district are still at large, as a clueless police is struggling to make headway in the investigation.

The three sisters aged 6, 8 and 11 had gone missing on the afternoon of February 14. Their bodies were found in a well barely 2 km from their house on February 16. Preliminary post-mortem had confirmed that the girls were raped before being murdered. Two weeks later, the police have more questions than answers.

While the police know where the girls were last seen in their village, they still don't know where the rape and murder was committed. The girls were neither strangled to death, nor were they poisoned. Even the medical analysis so far has failed to pin point the exact cause of death. According to some villagers, they were last seen in a Maruti van. But the police still have no clue who was in it and to whom it belonged.

Eight youngsters from a nearby village were under scrutiny, but even they have been ruled out after a thorough interrogation. More than 150 people have already been questioned and innumerable examinations of the well where the bodies were dumped have yielded no answers. For the bereaved mother of the victims, the trauma continues unabated.

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