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Odisha Police planning to send team to Bengal to verify

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

is planning to send a team to West to verify claims of religious conversion being carried out by an NGO at one of its shelter home in the neighbouring state.

The NGO is in the following allegations of sexual harassment at one of its facility at Beltikiri in Dhenkanal district of Odisha.

The incident had sparked statewide outcry and three persons, including the of the NGO, Fayaz Rahman, were arrested in connection with the case.

"We have got some indication that religious conversion of inmates was being undertaken at the home at Salgadia in West The district police have sought permission of higher officials to visit West in this connection," of Police, Santosh Nayak, told PTI over phone.

The SP's remark that religious conversion of inmates might be taking place at a shelter home run by the NGO in West Bengal, was based on information provided by Rahman during his two-day police remand, police sources said.

The two-day police remand of Rahman ended Wednesday and a local extended the MD's police remand by another two days from 5 pm Wednesday.

Rahman and two others were arrested by the police last week on charge of sexual abuse of minor children at the shelter home in Dhenkanal distsrict.

Referring to the video clippings of 'Duban' (a ritual performed for conversion to Christianity) being telecast on the electronic media, the SP said that the rituals shown in the video were not performed at any shelter home in Odisha.

"The police have received indication that it was instead performed by the NGO at its shelter home at Salgadia in To ascertain the veracity of the incident, a team will be sent to the neighbouring state," he said.

Stating that the NGO, "Good India", was not registered in Odisha, the SP said, "The NGO, was registered in under the Bengal Society Registration Act. It had not been able to produce any document regarding its registration in Odisha."

The SP also informed that the police had verified the documents of the NGO regarding central registration for overseas funding. They also checked other documents related to the utilisation certificate, the audit report and the filing of Income Tax returns.

The NGO receives overseas fund to the tune of Rs 15 crore to Rs 16 crore every year and utilises the money for maintenance of shelter homes, construction of new homes and purchase of land to set up its infrastructure, the SP said.

The SP said the annual audit report about collection of fund received from local and overseas sources and the expenditure of the NGO is prepared by a chartered firm in Kolkata.

Replying to a question, the SP said the statement of the inmates of the shelter home in Dhenkanal have been recorded in the presence of the as evidence.

There is enough evidence that the children were subjected to sexual abuse at the shelter home in Odisha, he said.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 13:10 IST
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