Mumbai: The Maharashtra Police have arrested at least 11 persons from Buldhana area of the state in connection with the alleged rape of 12 minor tribal students of Ninadhi Ashram school late night on Thursday.
Seven out of the 11 arrested are said to be teachers and the remaining four are the staffers of the school.
Reports also said that three out of the total 12 tribal girls, who are believed to be in the age group of 12-14 years, are pregnant.
These minors were reportedly raped by the accused while returning home for Diwali holidays. Ninadhi Ashran School is in Hivarkheda in Bhuldhana district of Maharashtra, 450 km from Mumbai.
A special investigation team was constituted under senior IPS officer to probe the matter.
Sanjay Baviskar, Superintendent Of Police (SP), Buldhana said a case under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), POSCO Act and Juvenile Justice Act has been registered against the accused.
The accused include president, secretary and joint secretary of the school, he added.
The police have also claimed that the number of the accused is likely to increase.