The class 9 girl, Pooja Sakat, whose house was burned down during the Bhima-Koregaon violent clashes, was found dead in a well on Sunday.
In a shocking turn of events, a Dalit girl who turned witness in the Bhima-Koregaon violence that rocked the state of Maharashtra earlier this year was found dead in a well on Sunday. The class 9 girl, Pooja Sakat, whose house was burned down during the violent clashes on January 1 had earlier gone missing.
Her family reported her to be missing, however, a day after they found her body in a nearby well. Sakat’s family alleged that pressure was being put on the family asking the teenager to retract her statement.
Pooja Sakat had named many people as culprits in her statement to the police. Her family alleged that some of these culprits were threatening her to withdraw her statement but she didn’t do so.
According to police, there were no marks of injury on her body. The police also did not find any suicide note left behind by the victim.
Meanwhile, some rumours are doing rounds that the girl was killed due to the property dispute.
However, Bharipa chief Prakash Ambedkar who led the massive protest demanding the arrest of Bhide Guruji who was suspected to incite violence at Bhima-Koregaon refuted the reports. Ambedkar said that the FIR he has received indicates that she was murdered. “I am still waiting for the autopsy report,” he said. Ambedkar also demanded immediate arrest of all the accused named in the complaint filed by the family of the victim. He also rubbished the theories related to the property dispute.
The violence broke out on January 1 this year at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune where the Dalits visit war memorial every year. The community commemorates the victory of East India Company overruling Peshwa’s. Following the violence, one person was killed and property worth crores was damaged.