In another sensational development, Bihar Police on Saturday recovered a list of 40 mobile phone numbers on a sheet that the main accused of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, Brajesh Thakur was using to seek help from outside the jail.
A district administration official said the names of some powerful people, including a minister, were written on two pages recovered from Thakur during the search.
Police discovered the list during a surprise raid at the jail. The cops also found that Thakur, who was believed to be close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, wasn’t inside inside his cell but present in the visitors’ area.
According to police, the officers spotted Thakur in an area reserved for people coming to meet prisoners lodged in the jail and recovered two hand written pages with 40 mobile phone numbers and the names of those they were issued against.
News agency IANS reported that police raids on Saturday was a part of a statewide crackdown as they recovered objectionable items from prisoners.
Thakur has spent only five days in the Muzaffarpur Central Jail since he was arrested on 2 June. “He has been staying in the medical ward of the jail on health grounds and managed to avoid staying in the prisoners ward,” a police official was quoted by IANS as saying.
Thakur’s NGO ran the shelter home, where girls were brutalised. He also ran a newspaper, which was being distributed inside the Bihar assembly and received huge grants from the government led by Nitish Kumar.
The Patna High Court is monitoring the ongoing CBI investigation into the case. Only last week, after a facing criticism, the state government had forced its social welfare minister Manju Verma, to resign from her post. Verma’s husband too is one of the accused in the rape, torture and murder case.