'It never crossed our minds why the cars came, where they went'
On Sunday, a fleeting opportunity presented itself to her to break free. She was mopping the room and shelter home manager Girija Tripathi was busy on the phone, the girl told the police.
Eighteen others were missing, the police said amid suspicion that the inmates were being subjected to sexual abuse.
During a visit to the shelter home, now sealed, a PTI correspondent was told today by local residents that no one in the neighborhood ever saw any girl on the terrace or outside the home run by the 'Ma Vindhyavasini Mahila Prasikshan Evam Samaj Seva Sansthan'.
But they confirmed that cars used to come there in the evening.
There is a liquor shop in the same lane and some local residents allege flesh trade goes on in the neighborhood.
“Cars used to come in the evening but I was not aware of the purpose,” a local resident, who didn’t want to be named, said.
He said there was never any problem or quarrel with the people in the cars. “So it never crossed our minds why the cars came and where they went," he said.
Another shopkeeper said, "Once I noticed girls in a car and I thought they were going for some event."
The home is on the upper floor. The stairs reach right into a room, people who are aware of the layout said. Inside there are six other rooms, a kitchen, a toilet and a balcony, they said.
The Uttar Pradesh government recommended a CBI inquiry into the Deoria shelter home case yesterday, hours after a girl missing from there was found at an old age home run by the same NGO in Gorakhpur.
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