CBI to probe Deoria case; one missing girl found in Gorakhpur
Earlier, the UP Women and Child Welfare Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi admitted there had been laxity at the district level in not shutting down the Deoria shelter even after a closure order last year.
The Uttar Pradesh government today recommended a CBI inquiry into the Deoria shelter home case, involving possible sexual abuse of the inmates, hours after a girl missing from there was found at an old age home run by the same NGO in Gorakhpur.
Five people who were involved in running the Gorakhpur shelter have been detained.
The CBI inquiry was announced by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has also constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to ensure there is no tampering of evidence till the central agency takes over.
Adityanath held the previous governments responsible for the manner in which the NGO was being run, but also said the role of the local police will probed.
“Seeing the sin and laxity of the previous governments, all those who were responsible, and in order to make things crystal clear we have decided that the entire incident will be handed over to the CBI,” he told reporters.
He also mentioned the presence of boys at the Deoria shelter, saying they will be shifted to other child protection homes.
The police said they rescued 24 girls from there and found that 18 others were missing.
DM Vijyendra Pandiyan said those detained in Gorakhpur include Ma Vindhyavasini NGO’s arrested manager Girija Devi’s widowed daughter Kanaklata, who stays there with her four-year-old daughter.
The five, including a clerk, a female cook and a housemaid, will be handed over to Deoria police, Pandiyan said.
But the name was there today.
Another official said the age had been entered as 21 in the register.
Pandiyan said the girl was in a state of shock.
The CM said the NGO has been operating since 2009 “and the previous government had liberally given grants to this organization”.
He said the role of police will also be probed as an FIR was lodged on July 30 but no action was taken against the shelter.
An additional director of police has been directed to probe the role of police.
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