Accused got Rs 78 lakh to run Patna shelter home

Police personnel produce Manisha, a secretary at an NGO which ran the shelter home for mentally-challenged women where two inmates died under mysterious circumstances, at a civil court, in Patna on Monday. PTI

The Bihar government had sanctioned Rs 78 lakh to the Patna shelter home – Aasara – which is in the eye of the storm ever since two woman inmates died last week.

The police have arrested two main accused in the death case, Manisha Dayal and her associate Chirantan Kumar. They have been remanded to police custody.

Meanwhile, the police on Tuesday conducted raids at Manisha’s residence in Boring Road and seized incriminating documents. “The government gives Rs 78 lakh (per annum) to such shelter homes which are meant for physically and mentally challenged girls/women,” said a source, adding that Manisha used her clout to get the contract to run Aasara.

Manisha was arrested soon after two women died in Aasara shelter home, run by NGO Anumaya Human Resource Foundation.

She is the director of Anumaya Human Resource Foundation.

The two apprehended persons have been booked under Sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 304 A (causing death by negligence), Section 406 (criminal breach of trust), Section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and Section 420 (cheating).

Like the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape accused Brajesh Thakur, Manisha too was associated with numerous NGOs and led a glamorous lifestyle. She unabashedly flaunted her connections with the powers-that-be and posed with leaders of all hues. Be it the Janata Dal (United) legislator Shyam Rajak, BJP minister Vinod Narayan Jha, Education Minister Krishnandan Verma or the former RJD minister Sheo Chandra Ram.

In page 3 parties held in the state capital, she would often pose with top bureaucrats’ wives and top cops. Her news would get published on the front page of ‘Pratah Kamal’, the newspaper run by Thakur in Muzaffarpur.

Meanwhile, the Bihar government took over the shelter home on Tuesday and said it would appoint a superintendent who would look after it.

 

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