Shelter home: CBI draws a blank in hunt for body
PATNA: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team probing the horrific Muzaffarpur shelter home case, in which 34 inmates were sexually abused, searched the Balika Grih compound for the body of an allegedly murdered inmate. However, the three-hour search operation did not reveal any human remains.
The abuse came to light in April this year, following the submission of a social audit report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to Bihar’s social welfare department. On May 31, a police complaint was filed, and those accused included Brajesh Thakur, owner of the NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, which ran the shelter home. Examinations revealed that 34 inmates, most of them children, were victims of abuse.
During interrogations, a suspect said that an inmate who had resisted the abuse had been killed and thrown into the shelter home’s water tank.
The district administration on Friday bulldozed 15 illegal houses and business establishments in Indira Nagar locality of Jharia.
A team led by Jharia circle officer KN Singh and police reached Indira Nagar and began demolishing the structures despite people refusing to leave the area . The administration swung into action after its December 6 deadline expired on Thursday.
On December 2, the administration had planned to remove these structures but due to opposition from select BJP leaders the demolition drive was stopped. The people residing in Indira Nagar were asked to vacate the area by Friday but the administration had to face ire of people even in the first half of the day. However, the administration called additional police and demolished 15 structures.
CO KN Singh said, “We have issued warning to people to remove the encroachment as its falls under danger zone. We would remove all illegal structures forcefully if people do not cooperate as the drive has been launched on directive of high court,” said Singh.
■ Encroachment drive in progress at Indira Nagar locality in Dhanbad.