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... A local court in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, is expected to announce today the quantum of sentence to three people convicted of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Kopardi village last year. The developments in the case have been keenly followed, but the final outcome today has assumed even greater significance in view of what happened in a neighbouring courtroom in the same Ahmednagar court premises only last week. On November 23, that neighbouring courtroom had acquitted all nine accused persons charged with the murder of 17-year-old Dalit student Nitin Agey, in 2014. Agey was killed in broad daylight in Kharda village of Jamkhed taluka of Ahmednagar district and his dead body was hanged from a tree, allegedly by men from the upper caste Maratha community, who suspected him of having a love affair with a girl related to them. ...Indian Express on Nov. 29, 2017, 9:21 a.m.
... The murder of Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi had take place in Dharwad, Karnataka on August 30, last year but it has had strong reverberations in Pune and Kolhapur in Maharashtra.The reason is the striking similarities the Kalburgi murder had with those of noted anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune and veteran communist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur.Two unidentified persons had shot Dabholkar dead at 7.20 am on August 20, 2013 while he was on a morning walk on the bridge near Omkareshwar temple in Pune.Similarly, two unidentified persons had opened fire on Pansare and his wife Uma while the couple was returning home from morning walk on February 16, 2015.Pansare had died while undergoing treatment at a hospital on February 20.Uma had received a bullet injury and has survived.Kalburgi was shot dead on the morning of August 30, 2015 at approximately 8.40 am, at his residence in Dharwad. ...Indian Express on Aug. 30, 2016, 4:08 p.m.