Patna, Aug 14: Two more arrests have been made in the case of death of two women residents of a state-run shelter home in Patna. Shelter home secretary Chirantan Kumar and treasurer Manisha Dayal were arrested on Monday for their alleged links with the two deaths and were sent on three-day judicial custody. Naushma (40) and Poonam Bharti (18) died under mysterious circumstances at the Patna shelter home and a preliminary investigation suggested that they died for want of medical treatment. Also Read - Teenagers Who Drowned a Dog in Viral TikTok Video Have Finally Been Arrested From Ujjain
Aasra, which is run by NGO Anumaya Human Resources Foundation, was opened in May and has 70 residents there. PTI quoted Inspector General of Police, Patna Zone, Naiyar Hasnain Khan, as saying that police remand was sought “since we have not been able to interrogate them properly”. Police said they were also looking for a doctor and a midwife who treated the two deceased women at the shelter home. (Also read: On Surprise Inspection, 40 Phone Numbers Recovered From Brajesh Thakur) Also Read - Serial Underwear Thief From Singapore Breaches Lockdown & Steals Women's Lingerie, Arrested
Meanwhile, a controversy erupted with pictures of Dayal, a former model, with a number of senior political leaders going viral. The photographs were taken from her Facebook account, which was deactivated on Tuesday. In the photographs, Dayal could be seen sharing space with senior JD(U) MLA Shyam Rajak, state minister and BJP leader Vinod Narayan Jha and RJD legislator Shivchandra Ram. The leaders have denied any links with Dayal and have claimed that as public figures, they ended up meeting people they didn’t know properly. Also Read - Elderly Andhra Woman Arrested For Questioning Govt Over Vizag Gas Leak, Twitter Says 'Democracy At Stake'
Some reports also claimed that Dayal was a close relative of the wife of senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui. Siddiqui told a news portal that he had known Dayal for some time but denied family ties with her. Bihar Congress working president Kaukab Qadri has asked the Nitish Kumar government to “cancel the outsourcing of all shelter homes to NGOs and take up the responsibility for administration of these”.