Muzaffarpur, Aug 12: Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the rape of 34 minor girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur, was not aware of the simultaneous raids conducted by district administrators and police officers across the state and was spotted area reserved for people coming to meet prisoners lodged in the jail.
The surprise visit also led to the seizure of two handwritten pages from him which had 40 mobile phone numbers and the names of those they were issued against.
IANS quoted a district administration official saying that the names of some powerful people, including a minister, were written on two pages recovered from Thakur during the search.
Thakur, who was arrested on June 2, has not been interrogated by the police because he was quickly sent to jail by the judge.
The opposition in the state led by RJD leader Tejeshwar Yadav has accused the Nitish Kumar government of shielding him because of his “close proximity” with the chief minister – a charge refute by Kumar.
Of the 70 days of his custody, Thakur has spent only five days in the central jail’s cell.
“He has been staying in the medical ward of the jail on health grounds and managed to avoid staying in the prisoners ward,” the police said.
The Patna High Court is monitoring the ongoing CBI investigation into the case.
Meanwhile, Thakur’s son, who was detained by the CBI on Saturday, was released on Sunday after questioning.
The Bihar government has already cancelled the registration of Thakur’s NGO, which ran the infamous shelter home. Besides, the sale of the NGO’s assets was banned and the bank accounts were frozen.
Interestingly, Thakur’s name does not figure among the list of office-bearers and members of the NGO.
The non-governmental organisation had, in its registration document, stated that it aimed to promote education and development of women and children as well as the protection of their lives.
(With IANS inputs)