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Muzaffarpur home case: RJD demands Nitish govt dismissal

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

The RJD on Saturday demanded resignation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in view of the CBI's revelation in the Supreme Court that 11 minor girls were allegedly murdered in the Muzaffarpur shelter home where a sex scandal has broken out in 2018.

If Kumar does not quit on his own, the RJD said, Governor Lalji Tandon should dismiss his government for its inability to protect the lives of 11 inmates of the state aided shelter home.

The party of Lalu Prasad stepped up its offensive against the Bihar government a day after the CBI, in an affidavit, told the apex court that 11 girls were murdered by Brajesh Thakur, the key accused in the Muzaffarpur home sex scandal case, and his accomplices, and "bundle of bones" were recovered from a burial ground inside it.

"We request the governor to sack the Nitish Kumar government immediately following its involvement in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case," RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav tweeted.

In another tweet, he said, "If there is any shame left in Nitish Kumar, he should tender an apology after evidences have been found in Muzaffarpur shelter home case Why Nitish Kumar used to go to Brajesh Thakur's home at Muzaffarpur?"

The leader of opposition in Bihar assembly also asked, why an FIR was not lodged initially against Thakur, and when it was lodged, why he was not booked under the POCSO act.

RJD national spokesman Manoj Jha, who held a press conference here on the issue, said Kumar should resign on his own and if he does not resign, the governor should sack him.

"After the CBI's confirmation that 11 out of 42 minor girls were murdered at the shelter home, the chief minister has no moral right to continue in the post," he said.

"We demand that Nitish Kumar resign taking up moral responsibility in the matter. If he does not resign, the governor should sack his government," Jha said.

Asked whether the RJD will approach the governor to press for the demand, Jha said the party will wait till May 6, when the matter will be heard again in the apex court.

Tejashwi, through his tweets, also wanted to know whether the 11 missing girls of the shelter home were buried after being killed as it appeared that they were not cremated following Hindu traditions.

Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur in Bihar and the issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

The probe into the case was transferred to CBI and the agency has chargesheeted 21 people, including Brajesh Thakur who, as the head of an NGO, used to run the home.

Tejashwi claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not utter a single word on this issue as Kumar and several BJP ministers in Bihar government are involved in it.

The PM addressed an election meeting in Valmikinagar Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the RJD spokesman Jha defended fielding Vibha Devi, the wife of former RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav who was convicted for raping a minor, from Nawada seat.

"Raj Ballabh Yadav was convicted in the rape case but his wife was not. If someone is convicted, you cannot hold the entire family guilty," he said.

To another query whether or not Tej Pratap Yadav's comment that his father-in-law and the party's Saran Lok Sabha candidate Chandrika Rai is an "impersonator" amounts to indiscipline, Jha replied in the negative saying statements sometimes flow in the heat of electioneering.

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First Published: Sat, May 04 2019. 18:40 IST