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CBI to probe Deoria case; one missing girl found in Gorakhpur

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow/Gorakhpur 

The government today recommended a CBI inquiry into the 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.

Earlier, the UP Women and admitted there had been laxity at the district level in not shutting down the shelter even after a closure order last year.

Five people who were involved in running the have been detained.

Police said the girl from the shelter should not have been at the Gorakhpur home, as it is meant for the elderly.

When the police raided the on Sunday night, a rescued inmate had told them that some girls from there used to be taken to Gorakhpur, and then brought back the next day.

The CBI inquiry was announced by 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 Deoria case surfaced on Sunday night when one of the girls escaped from the shelter home and complained to the police.

The police said they rescued 24 girls from there and found that 18 others were missing.

One of the missing girl was recovered from the old age home in Gorakhpur this evening, police said.

DM Vijyendra Pandiyan said those detained in Gorakhpur include Ma Vindhyavasini NGO's arrested 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.

Pandiyan said the presence of the girl from the Deoria home had not been recorded in the register when a team went there yesterday.

But the name was there today.

"The age of the girl is not confirmed as there is overwriting and she told us she came here on August 5 from the home, he said.

Another said the age had been entered as 21 in the register.

Pandiyan said the girl was in a state of shock.

She is continuously changing her statement. As per the record, the woman was missing from the home," the DM said.

Meanwhile, the of the home Kanchanlata Tripathi, who was on the run, was arrested in Deoria, SP said.

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 of police has been directed to probe the role of police.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 00:35 IST