Maratha woman murder: Houses of Dalits attacked in Satara district
The 36 accused targeted the houses and vehicles of Dalits on the outskirts of Korale Khurd village last night.
Thirty six people were arrested by police in Satara district of western Maharashtra for attacking a Dalit locality following the murder of a Maratha woman.
According to police, the accused targeted the houses and vehicles of Dalits on the outskirts of Korale Khurd village last night.
Yesterday’s incident at Korale Khurd followed the murder of 21-year-old Aruna Mohite, allegedly by her estranged lover Siddharth Dhanane (24), a Dalit, police said. Aruna and Siddharth were in a relationship for the last few years but her parents forcibly married her off to someone else. Dhanane asked her to meet him at Thoseghar on November 30.
During an argument, he allegedly hit her with a stick and Aruna died on the spot. He then buried the body to destroy evidence, police explained about the murder.
Police said when a missing person case was lodged, they came to know that she was in contact with Siddharth on phone. While questioning, he is said to have confessed and took the police to the buried body.
During the last night, several members of Maratha community attacked homes of Dalits on the outskirts of the village and set fire to their vehicles. They pelted stones at the houses, breaking window panes of 18 houses and 13 vehicles including three cars were damaged, police said.
“We have arrested 36 persons. We also held meetings with leaders from both communities,” said Sandeep Patil, Superintendent of Police, Satara.
In July, the rape and murder of a Maratha girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district had sparked off state-wide protests and mobilisation of Marathas. The community took out silent morchas all over Maharashtra.