Shel­ter home: CBI draws a blank in hunt for body

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Front Page - Av­inash Ku­mar av­inash.ku­[email protected]

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.

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■ En­croach­ment drive in progress at Indira Na­gar lo­cal­ity in Dhan­bad.

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