Muzaffarpur, July 23 : Muzaffarpur police team has started digging the premises of shelter home after a bone-chilling reports revealed that out of the 21 girls rescued from the home, 16 were raped and after statement of one of the victims that a girl was beaten to death and buried in the premises after disagreement with staff members.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said, “Owner of the NGO that runs the shelter home is close to CM Nitish Kumar, had even campaigned for him in elections.”
The Nitish Kumar government in the state is under immense pressure, after opposition leaders and RJD acting chief, Tejashwi Yadav, attacked the state government for its “failure” to protect the girls at the shelter in Muzaffarpur.
Ten people have been arrested so far and chargesheet will be filed soon in this case.
Muzaffarpur SSP Harpreet Kaur said, “10 people have been arrested so far, we will soon file a charge-sheet against them. None of the girls have mentioned that they were ever taken outside the hostel.”
“Nothing has been found so far at the shelter home premises where digging is underway. We are conducting a thorough investigation, police is working independently,” Harpreet Kaur added.
A girl, in her statement said that one of them was allegedly beaten to death and buried in the premises. The girl was apparently killed after a disagreement, with the staff of the home, she told the police.Earlier an officer in the district administration was arrested in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of the girls at the state-run shelter, said the police.
“Since March, the Bihar government was aware about repeated rapes of 40 minors in the Muzaffarpur shelter by politicians, officials for years. Many had forced abortions. No action was taken but cover up is on at war footing,” said the RJD leader.
After a medical examination confirmed rape of 21 girls, most of the accused were arrested by the police last month. The matter came to light after a report was submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, based on conversations with several girls, who alleged sexual assault. The Bihar Social Welfare Department had filed a First Investigation Report based on the TISS audit report.
” We are on the lookout for people absconding,” said senior police officer in Muzaffarpur, Harpreet Kaur. A special investigation team has been formed to probe the case.