In a twist in the Bhandara rape and murder case, the mother of the three victims said her mother-in-law might be involved in last week’s killing of the girls. The mother of the three sisters, who were raped and killed near Murmadi village in Bhandara, met Superintendent of Police Aarti Singh on Wednesday night. But Additional Director-General (Law and Order) Ahmad Javed, who is heading the investigation, refused to comment on her suspicion. “All I can say at this point of time is that all avenues are open,” he said at a press conference here on Thursday when asked about the mother’s accusation. “We will investigate that angle [too].” Nothing else could be divulged at this point of time, said Mr. Ahmad, who was accompanied by SP Aarti Singh.

The woman also alleged that her mother-in-law had tried to poison her daughters even a few years ago.

“My mother-in-law has been torturing me since the death of my husband,” she told reporters outside the SP’s office on Wednesday night.

The grandfather and the grandmother of the victims, however, refused to react to her accusations. Mr. Ahmad conceded that there was some laxity on the part of the police at the initial stage and said the official concerned was placed under suspension.

NHRC notice

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission “has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report alleging that three minor sisters were raped and killed near Lakhni, and issued notice to the Chief Secretary, calling for a report within four weeks.”