A 17-year-old girl in Ahmednagar district was allegedly killed by her father, who was against her friendship with a boy studying with her in a college, the police said on Sunday.
Jamkhed police station inspector Pandurang Pawar said they suspected it to be a case of ‘honour killing’.
The incident occurred in Chondi village, the home town of State minister Ram Shinde, who demanded stringent punishment against the accused.
The deceased’s father and two maternal uncles were arrested, Mr. Pawar said. The girl used to frequently chat with the boy over phone and go to college with him on his two-wheeler.
Her father Pandurang Shreerang Saygunde (51) asked her several times to discontinue her friendship with the boy but the girl did not heed his advice. On March 23, Mr. Saygunde, in a fit of anger, allegedly throttled his daughter to death at their home, Mr. Pawar said.
He also allegedly tried to burn the body with the help of the girl’s two uncles, and on March 24, lodged a missing complaint about her at Jamkhed police station. The half-burnt body was spotted by the deceased’s sister on March 25 near a water body.