The District Magistrate on Friday ordered to attach the properties of accused Brajesh Thakur's wife and six other members of Seva Sankalp Samiti in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, news agency ANI reported. Brajesh Thakur headed the NGO, which ran the shelter home where sexual abuse of a number of inmates has come to light.
Muzaffarpur shelter home case: District Magistrate releases order to attach property of accused Brajesh Thakur's wife and six other members of Seva Sankalp Samiti, the NGO that ran the shelter home— ANI (@ANI) November 30, 2018
Earlier, the Bihar Police attached the property of former social welfare minister Manju Verma. The former Bihar minister was on the run after registration of an FIR against her and husband Chandrasekhar Verma – a close aide of key accused Brajesh Thakur – under the Arms Act case.
Verma had stepped down as the minister for social welfare in August following reports that her husband had close connections with Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur sexual abuse case. Thakur is currently going through legal procedures in Muzaffarpur jail.
In July, over 30 girls, aged among seven to 14 years, were allegedly drugged, scalded with boiling water, raped and forced to sleep naked at the shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur, the chief of a state-funded NGO. The alleged sexual exploitation of the minor girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences to the state's social welfare department.
The CBI is currently investigating the case, which relates to the mental, physical and sexual exploitation of the girls residing at the Balika Grih of Bihar's Muzaffarpur. So far, 17 people have been arrested in connection with the same.