Kota(PTI): Two people have been arrested in Rajasthan's Bundi district for allegedly raping and murdering a 15-year-old tribal girl, police said.

The minor's naked body bearing bite marks and fatal wounds to the neck and the head was found in a forest area near Kalakunwa village under the Basoli police station area on Thursday evening, they said.

The police launched a massive overnight search operation involving nearly 200 personnel and the dog squad, and tracked down one of the suspects, Sultan, by Friday morning, Bundi Superintendent of Police (SP) Jai Yadav said.

The man was taken into custody and during interrogation, he admitted that he had committed the crime along with Chotulal Bheel, the SP said, adding both were placed under arrest within 12 hours of the crime.

The accused were in an inebriated state when they gang-raped the girl. Later, they smashed her head with a stone and strangled her, the police officer said, adding that the role of a minor is also under investigation in the matter.

A case was registered under sections 302, 201, 376 (I) (M) of the IPC and provisions of the POCSO Act, he added.

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Mumbai (PTI): Maharashtra BJP leader Girish Mahajan on Thursday claimed that his party has the support of 170 MLAs, way above the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House that is necessary to form a government in the state.

The BJP is set to return to power in the state with the support of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray tendered his resignation on Wednesday night, leading to the collapse of the 31-month-long three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

Speaking to reporters here, former minister Mahajan said, "We have a support of 170 MLAs. We can comfortably face a floor test whenever we are asked to prove majority."

The BJP's strength in the House is 106, and it claims to have the support of at least 13 legislators.

Meanwhile, sources said that Eknath Shinde will reach Mumbai from Goa this afternoon to hold talks about government formation with BJP leaders.

Shinde had landed in Goa from Guwahati on Wednesday night with a group of 50 MLAs, of whom 39 are Sena dissidents, while others are independent legislators and those from small parties.

It is not yet clear if the Shinde-led group will merge with any party. Shinde Wednesday night reiterated that they are Shiv Sainiks and will remain in Shiv Sena.