On Friday, in Muzaffarpur shelter home case, the CBI informed the Supreme Court it is probing accused Brajesh Thakur in the murder of eleven girls. The CBI has also recovered a “bundle of bones” from an alleged burial ground. Brajesh Thakur is already an accused in the rape and sexual abuse of children in his shelter home in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. The CBI has been facing severe criticism for the delay in charging the accused persons with murder.
The CBI told the court that it had made headway into the alleged murders from a child rescued from the shelter home. "During investigations, from the statement of victims recorded by investigation officers (IOs) and NIMHANS team, names of 11 girls emerged, who were said to be allegedly murdered by the accused Brajesh Thakur and his accomplices, said the CBI.
"On scrutiny of details of these 11 girls, it was revealed that there were a total of 35 girls with identical/similar names who were at one time or the other stayed at the Balika Grih (girls' home), Muzaffarpur". The CBI told the apex court: "The physical existence of these girls and their location were verified and duly reported to the apex court in a status report."
Guddu Patel one of the accused, led CBI to a "particular spot in a burial ground...a bundle of bones was recovered after excavation," the CBI said. The CBI further added: "The alleged murder had cropped up during the examination of victims by the IOs. Master Register maintained at Balika Grih is being scrutinized to locate the dead body, conduct field-level verification as to the existence of the girls alleged to be murdered."
The CBI told the apex court that it will soon file a supplementary charge sheet. The agency said the trial court has already framed charges against 20 accused of offenses under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, the Indian Penal Code, and the Juvenile Justice Act. The court will further hear the case on May 6.