Patna, September 1 : Aasra shelter home,situated in Rajeev Nagar police station area in Bihar’s Patna continue to grab headlines as another inmate died and two more managed to escape from the state-run shelter home despite tight security.The Opposition parties in Bihar have intensified their demand for the resignation of chief minister Nitish Kumar after the names of JD(U)’s leaders cropped up in shelter home rape and death case.
Aasra shelter home, for mentally challenged women, was in the news when two of its inmates had fallen ill and were declared brought dead at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).
According to the police, “Two women – Mira and Anita – both in the early 30s, managed to run away from the shelter home on Wednesday night. They were reported missing on Thursday morning when a caretaker did a headcount of the residents at around 10.30 and found that two of them were not in the home. A written complaint was lodged by the superintendent after which the police team started looking for them.”
“Anamika, 27, was brought to hospital in a critical condition on Thursday. She had been complaining of breathlessness and was severely anaemic. She died today at 8pm,” PMCH superintendent Rajeev Ranjan Prasad said. Since August 9, 13 inmates have been admitted to hospital and all are said to be suffering from malnutrition.
Rohan Kumar, SHO of Rajeev Nagar police station, said,“We are perusing the CCTV footage of the shelter home to get clues about the exact time when the two women had stepped out and other relevant details.”
Manisha Dayal and Chirantan Kumar, who ran the NGO entrusted with running the shelter home, were arrested following an outcry against the death of the two inmates.
Manisha Dayal,the secretary of the NGO, Anumaya Human Resources Foundation, which runs the Aasra shelter home for mentally challenged women, was arrested following an outcry against the death of the two inmates.
Earlier this week, senior JD(U) leader Shyam Rajak and public health and engineering department (PHED) minister Vinod Narayan Jha’s photographs with Manisha Dayal, one of the main accused in the Patna shelter home case, had created a nationwide flutter.
Although both the BJP and JDU leaders have denied their links with Manisha and her shelter home, former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav has blamed leaders associated with the ruling alliance for shielding “big political faces” involved in the case.