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Minor girls' confinement: FIR registered, 'godman' Dixit's possible links being probed

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

An FIR was registered after 67 minor girls were rescued from a hotel in Rajsthan's district last week, the police said today, even as a member of the state asserted that the incident is linked to self-styled godman Virendra Dixit' ashram.

The girls, aged between five and 16 years, hailing from Nepal, and many Indian states, including Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh, were rescued from the hotel by a joint team of the police and the children welfare committee (CWC) on July 4.

The police have said they are probing if the organisation that had wrongfully confined the girls had links to Dixit.

"We have registered an FIR against unnamed accused. We are investigating whether the organisation that wrongfully confined the girls has links to Virdendra Dixit," station Dinesh Kumar said.

S P Singh, a member of State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said there were links between the organisation that illegally confined the minors was linked to the ashram of self-styled godman Dixit.

"The links of organisation that wrongfully confined the girls at a hotel have been found with the ashram of absconding spiritual guru Virendra Dixit," , told

He said that they have written to the respective states to which the girls belong, in order to verify the identity of the girls so that they can be handed over to their biological parents only.

Singh said that the girls had beensecretlyshifted from to district.

"The functioning of organisation which wrongfully confined the girls is sanctioned for district. They do not have the right to transport and lodge minors in other districts without prior information of the CWCs of and Rajsamand," in Rajsamand, Bhawna Paliwal, said.

According to the police, the 67 girls were rescued from under station limits last Wednesday. The girls belonged to and India's Haryana, Assam, Bengal, Odisha, Delhi, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Punjab, and states.

The rescued girls have been temporarily kept at a shelter home run by in

The CWC had lodged a complaint with the station, following which an FIR was registered against unnamed accused under IPC sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave), 370 (5) (trafficking of more than one person) and sections 42, 75 of Juvenile Justice Act on July 7.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 17:25 IST
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