Shelter case: Murder of 11 girls being probed, says CBI

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In a big development in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, the CBI on Friday told the Supreme Court that the names of 11 girls alleged to have been murdered by the prime accused and his accomplices had been ascertained and a “bundle of bones” recovered from a burial ground.  

The CBI said the names of 11 girls, allegedly murdered by Brijesh Thakur and his accomplices, had emerged from the statement of victims recorded during the probe.

The investigating agency also said that based on the statements of one of the accused, it had stumbled upon a “bundle of bones”.

“On a statement made by one of the accused, Guddu Patel, one particular spot in a burial ground was excavated and a bundle of bones of the girls were recovered,” the CBI said in a fresh affidavit filed in the top court.

The CBI said the allegations of murder were investigated in right earnest by scrutinising the master register of ‘Balika Grih’, and conducting field verification to locate the dead bodies.

The CBI took over the investigation on July 28, 2018 after sexual exploitation of girls came to light in a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

In a response to a plea by journalist Nivedita Jha alleging no murder charge was invoked against Brijesh Thakur, the CBI said further investigation was already on. “To contend that allegations of murders have not been looked into or graver provision was not invoked was “entirely misconceived and premature”.

The bench put the matter for hearing on May 6.

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