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Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Prime accused alleges conspiracy

By Chennabasaveshwar

Patna, Aug 8: Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, alleged that he was being framed in the case.

Police personnel escort children out of a government-funded shelter, in Muzaffarpur, on Monday, July 23, 2018. A girl of a government shelter home has alleged that one of her fellow inmates was beaten to death and buried at the premises of the facility, and several were raped. PTI file photo

Brajesh Thakur, said, "I was in touch with Manju Verma's husband but it was for political reasons. None of the girls from my shelter home have levelled any accusation against me."

Manju Verma is social welfare minister in Nitish Kumar's Cabinet. Thakur alleged that he was being framed in the case due to professional and political reasons.

"I've never had any relation with Madhu (absconding). This has been propagated by some newspapers who want my newspaper office to shut down. Their business is getting affected due to my newspaper that's why it's happening," Thakur told reporters outside court premises, reports ANI.

"I was thinking of joining Congress and it was almost final that I contest elections from Muzaffarpur. This is also happening due to that. None of the girls has taken my name, you can check that for yourself:," Thakur added.

The case came to light when Bihar's social welfare department filed an FIR based on a social audit of the shelter home, conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. On May 31, an FIR was registered against 11 people, including Thakur -- who was arrested in the first week of June.

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