Few days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) booked the Muzaffarpur shelter officers and employees, a fresh FIR has been registered against Brijesh Thakur, the main accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, after 11 women went missing from another shelter home run by his NGO.
Thakur, after a Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) social audit report exposed the organised sexual exploitation of inmates, is in judicial custody in connection with mental, physical and sexual exploitation of more than 40 girls residing at Balika Grih, Muzaffarpur.
According to news agency PTI‘s report, the FIR was registered against him last evening by Assistant Director of the Social Welfare Department Devesh Kumar Sharma, Mahila Thana incharge said.
After the sex scandal surfaced last month and the NGO was black-listed, the condition of other homes run by the NGO was reviewed, the news agency reported.
During the review, 11 women supposed to have been staying in the home for the self-help group in the Chhoti Kalyani area were found missing, official sources said.
There was no communication on record from the NGO to the Social Welfare Department about their whereabouts, they said.
Earlier, Tejashwi Yadav had tweeted a screenshot of a newspaper, which he claimed was being published by Thakur and circulated inside the Bihar assembly. The former deputy chief minister of the state also wrote that Thakur was a ‘blue eyed boy’ of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He wrote, “The influential owner of NGO & main accused of rape of 40 minor girls runs a news paper ‘प्रातः कमल’ and one other.His newspaper is being circulated in Bihar Assembly. He is blue eyed boy of CM Nitish, Dy CM Sushil Modi, a local Minister of his town & who’s who of govt.”
As many as 30 survivors were reported to be suffering from severe trauma and tried to inflict injuries and kill themselves. The shelter reportedly received an annual grant of Rs 34 lakh from the state government.