Pune: Youth murdered by girl’s family over inter-caste love affair

Sangvi Police Station
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Mubarak Ansari

Pimpri-Chinchwad, June 9, 2020: Six persons have been arrested by Pimpri-Chinchwad police for allegedly killing a 20-year-old youth for having a love affair with a girl from their family. Police said that the deceased youth and the girl belonged to different castes.

The deceased has been identified as Viraj Vilas Jagtap, a resident of Jagtap Nagar near Budh Vihar in Pimple Saudagar. Based on a complaint from his uncle Jitesh Vasant Jagtap (44), Sangvi police station has registered an FIR against six persons including two minors.  All of them have been nabbed.

According to the police, at around 10 pm on Sunday, the complainant got a call from the accused saying that they have killed Viraj, and asked him to take his body. The complainant along with Viraj’s mother and some others reached the spot. Viraj was found in a pool of blood, and he narrated the whole incident to the complainant. Viraj said, as told by the complainant, that the girl’s father Jagdish Kate and others hit his bike from back with a tempo. “When I fell, the accused persons were coming towards me armed with a stone and iron rod. Seeing that, I started to run. However, I fell due to shortness of breath. Then, the accused beat me with iron rods and stones. The girl’s father said ‘Do you deserve to love my daughter? Do you love my daughter?’ He spat on my body,” Viraj told his uncle.

Viraj was rushed to a private hospital. However, he died during treatment on Monday afternoon. Police registered a case of murder under section 302 as well as rioting, unlawful assembly of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocity) Act and Maharashtra Police Act. Two minor accused have been sent to juvenile observation home while four others including the girl’s father have been remanded to police custody till June 16. Police Sub-Inspector Ganesh Mane is further investigating the case.