New Delhi: The Mumbai-Agra highway near Vilholi was on complete standstill for more than seven hours on Sunday when protesters from the Maratha community stormed into the highway and torched and attacked government vehicles and others which had Dalit party stickers attached to it.
Nashik is witnessing violent unrests after a 15-year-old Dalit boy was booked for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl at Trimbakeshwar on Saturday evening.
During the protest on the highway, at least nine state transport buses and three private vehicles were incinerated by the agitated mob. Even before torching the buses, the mob set fire to three police cars and motorcycles which resulted in 20 policemen getting injured.
Maharashtra: Schools & colleges remain closed in Nashik as tension escalates in the area after a minor was allegedly raped by a teenager. pic.twitter.com/nvPMZd71mH
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On the first incidence of rape which triggered this unrest, police issued this statement, "The case has been registered under section 376 of the IPC and also section 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Samples have been sent to the medical and forensic labs."
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took swift action in the matter and arrested the accused juvenile and assured that strict punishment would be levied against him.