Mumbai: Three weeks after the nine accused in the Nitin Aage murder case were acquitted by an Ahmednagar court, five members of Vidyarthi Bharthi went on a hunger strike at Azad Maidan on Monday, demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry.
Aage (17), a resident of Kharda village in Jamkhed tehsil, Ahmednagar, was allegedly murdered on April 28, 2014, by the brother of an upper caste Maratha girl he was spotted talking to and was believed to have an affair with. On November 23, the trial court acquitted the girl’s brother and the eighth co-accused.
Vidyarthi Bharthi, a students-run organisation, also demanded that the nine accused be arrested again, all the 26 eyewitnesses be re-examined, and the case be tried in a fast-track court.
“We stand by Aage and his family. We shall not let the injustice prevail. There were 26 eyewitnesses; it is impossible that all of them backed out,” said Jyoti Nikhalje, regional president, Vidyarthi Bharthi.
The strike was called off in the afternoon after C.L Thul, chairman of SC-ST Commission, assured them that he will look into the matter. “We have been promised justice and we will make sure that Aage gets justice. We trust Mr. Thul, and if the promises are not kept, we shall strike again,” said Smita Salunkhe, managing director, Vidhyarthi Bharthi.
Aage was allegedly taken away from near his school by the girl’s brother and his eight friends, after which he was subjected to torture and bludgeoned to death.