Fadnavis questions `delay' in filing of FIR in woman's suicide

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(Eds: removing a sentence in third para from last) Mumbai, Feb 12 (PTI) BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Friday questioned the `delay' by police in filing a First Information Report in the alleged suicide by a 23-year-old woman in Pune city, and sought a thorough probe.

He has written to the Maharashtra Director General of Police about the incident and sought his intervention, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly told reporters.

The woman, who hailed from Beed district, died after falling from the balcony of a flat in Hadapsar area of Pune in the wee hours of Monday. Some social media posts had claimed that she was in a relationship with a state minister.

The woman was known for her videos on social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram.

After her death, audio clips of her purported conservation with two persons also went viral.

'My office received 12 clips of two persons talking about the woman,' Fadnavis said, adding that he forwarded these clips to the DGP.

'It is unfortunate that a young woman who was making her name on social media dies in suspicious manner. I can not understand what is stopping Pune police from filing an FIR,' the former chief minister said.

BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar had alleged in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday that a state minister was involved in the case.

A senior official from Wanwadi police station told PTI on Friday that an accidental death report was registered in the case. 'There was no suicide note. But we are probing all angles,' he added.

Meanwhile, asked by reporters in Pune about the case, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said probe will take place and the truth will come out.

'Some parties do not have any job, so they make such allegations, but if there is any truth to the allegations, they will be probed,' he said. PTI ND SPK KRK KRK KRK