NAGPUR, 14 Nov: The special investigation team which is investigating the sexual assaults on girls in a tribal residential school in Buldhana district filed a third case against the main accused, Ittusingh Pawar after the complaint of a 12-year-old student.
Earlier two FIRs were registered under charges of rape, the latest one has been registered for sexual harassment after the girl accused Pawar for trying to force himself on her.
The team has so far recorded statements of around a dozen students from the ashramshala at Pala village in Khamgaon tehsil of Buldhana to dig out the facts in connection with the case.
Amidst the investigation, another case came to light which is registered as a fresh case to ensure maximum punishment for Pawar.
Apart from Pawar, 16 others have been named in the cases of which 15 have been held. The SIT had also decided to include the names of the administrative staffers and other employees for not informing police about the sexual assault despite the girls raising an alarm.
In her complaint, the girl alleged that Pawar had grabbed her hand and tried to force himself on her. She had rebuffed the advances of Pawar and informed teachers and others at the ashramshala, but they still remained silent on the matter.
Sources from Khamgaon also claimed that the SIT has come across a potential eyewitness among students who had seen the girls being targeted. Police want to ensure that the witnesses in the three cases are protected and parents of the three girls are counselled so that they do not stop their daughters from cooperating in the investigation.
According to the Sources in Buldhana police, the probe team has also discovered forgeries by the ashramshala management.
The ashramshala has already been derecognised and management members have been slapped charges for forgeries.
The team squad has come across bogus names of students enrolled in classes VIII to XII. Out of the 13 enrolled, only one existed in reality who, too, had dropped out. The ashramshala was furnishing bogus names for grants from tribal department, it is learnt.