Lucknow, Aug 7: Taking action in the Deoria shelter home case, the Uttar Pradesh government has terminated the District Probation Officer (DPO). “The DPO made a mistake; the license of this shelter home had been revoked last year but still, girls were sent there,” said District Magistrate Amit Kishore. He said four people had been arrested and more arrests were to be made soon. (Also read: Cars Came to Pick up Girls in Evening, Dropped Them Back in Morning) Also Read - Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Cong Mulls Action Over Workers For Tacit Support to BJP's Rita Bahuguna Joshi

Report of alleged abuse at a Deoria shelter home rocked the nation especially as it followed close on the heels of similar horror reported from Muzaffarpur in neighbouring Bihar.  Earlier in the day, minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi admitted that there was laxity by the Deoria administration in shutting down the shelter home from where 24 girls were rescued. She said the district officials were aware about the closure order but allowed the facility to operate for more than a year. Also Read - South Korean first lady visits Taj Mahal

Joshi’s confession comes a day after Union minister Maneka Gandhi said she feared that there could be more cases of sexual abuse of minor girls at shelter homes. The 24 girls from the Deoria shelter home were rescued on Sunday amid allegations that they were sexually exploited. “In June last year, an order was issued for the closure of the shelter home and district magistrate was informed but it was not followed. At least 15 notices were given to the Deoria district magistrate for the closure of the shelter home and shift inmates elsewhere. Five letters were sent from the Directorate level… Certainly, there was laxity at the local level,” Joshi told reporters. Also Read - Non-bailable warrant issued against UP Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi