Two women inmates of a state-run shelter home in Bihar’s Patna have died under mysterious circumstances; days after a man was arrested for reportedly asking the inmates to escape by luring them with gifts, reports PTI.
The inmates, aged 17 and 21 years, were staying at the Aasra Shelter Home in Nepali Nagar locality of the city.
A medical board has been constituted to investigate the death of the two girls.
Meanwhile, the Patna district magistrate and senior superintendent of police reached the Rajeev Nagar police station to question the five people related to an NGO who have been detained in connection with the case, reports ANI.
While the shelter home claimed the women died during treatment at Patna Medical College on Saturday night, the hospital authorities said the inmates were brought dead. Police was informed about the deaths only on Sunday morning.Deputy Superintendent of Police, Law and Order (Patna), Manoj Kumar Sudhanshu to PTI
The staff of the shelter home has also been interrogated by a police team and Social Welfare Department officials.
The shelter home came into news when it was recently reported that four of its inmates had tried to run away. The police then carried out an investigation and arrested a person, living in the vicinity. He was alleged to have been luring the inmates by offering gifts.
SP Sudhanshu said according to the shelter home authorities, the two inmates were taken to the hospital following complaints of diarrhoea and high fever.
The police is investigating the circumstances under which the two inmates died.
Two girls were brought dead yesterday (on Saturday). As per protocol, we informed the police and conducted the post-mortem… As they were brought dead, there’s no question of (treating them for an) ailment. The post-mortem will reveal the cause of the deaths.Superintendent, Patna Medical College and Hospital
The ‘Aasra’ case surfaces at a time when the CBI is investigating the rape case involving a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. In UP’s Deoria, 24 girls were rescued from a shelter home last week after one of them told the police that they were being sexually abused.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI and IANS.)
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