Bihar Shelter Home Rapes: Skeleton Found In Shelter Home, Believed To Be Of Inmate

Bihar Shelter Home Rapes: Skeleton Found In Shelter Home, Believed To Be Of Inmate

Bihar Shelter Rapes: Skeleton Found In Shelter Home, Believed To Be Of Inmate 

New Delhi: The CBI has been investigating the case of sexual abuse of minor girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur and has found a human skeleton. The skeleton is believed to be the remains of one of the victims - at a cremation ground in the district's Sikandarpur area. The investigation team was led to the cremation ground by main accused Brajesh Thakur's driver, who after sustained interrogation, broke down.

At the shelter home, over 40 girls were sexually exploited at the shelter home; one girl was allegedly killed and later buried to cover up the murder.

On Wednesday, the officials at the CBI reached the cremation site along with Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team and monitored the excavation, news agency ANI said. The skeleton has been taken by the investigating team for further examination. Brajesh Thakur, the main accussed is anticipated to be taken on remand by the investigation team for further interrogation following the DNA report, which was carried to ascertain the identity of the remains.

The government-funded shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur's NGO Seva Sankalp Ewam Vikas Samiti (SSEVS) have alleged that some of their fellow inmates were killed and buried after rape, officials said.

The local police had carried out digging at the location identified by the girls but could not find anything, they said.

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Apart from Thakur, Rosy Rani, assistant director in the social welfare department, staff members Guddu, Vijay and Santosh have also been taken into custody.

They said that the agency has frozen 20 bank accounts of Thakur besides any kind of transaction of his movable and immovable properties have been barred.

On September 20, the Top Court had vacated a Patna High Court order restraining the media from reporting on the probe into the shelter home case where several minor girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused over a period of time.

After a report was submitted by Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to the social welfare department, the matter was brought to life. A CBI probe was recommended by the Bihar government on July 26 after Opposition parties alleged culpability of people close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Manju Verma, his social welfare minister had to resign in August after it was disclosed that her husband had spoken to Thakur several times between January and June this year.

(with inputs from agencies)

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