Faced with a combative Opposition, Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil on Monday ordered a CBI inquiry into the mysterious death of three young girls in Bhandara district in February. No arrest has been made in the case till now.

When Mr. Patil was put on the mat by Opposition MLAs, who accused the police and the government of inaction and inefficiency, he reiterated what he had said in the legislative council — that he was not averse to a CBI inquiry if the girls’ family wanted it.

After a lengthy debate on the Bhandara incident, Leader of the Opposition Eknath Khadse read out a letter, dated March 2, written to the Chief Minister where the mother of the girls had clearly expressed a demand for a CBI inquiry since the local police and the CID were not successful in tracing the culprits.

Mr. Patil, who appeared angered by this development, finally said he was immediately ordering a CBI inquiry.

It’s over a month since the three sisters went missing on February 14. Their bodies were found in a well about two km from Murmadi village in Lakhni taluka on February 16, but the culprits seem to have eluded the police.

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