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40 phone numbers recovered from Muzaffarpur shelter home main accused

Thakur has spent just five days in the Muzaffarpur Central Jail since he was arrested on June 2.

Patna: On Saturday, Bihar Police recovered a list of 40 mobile phone numbers from Brajesh Thakur — the main accused in the rape of 34 minor girls — lodged in Muzaffarpur Central Jail, during simultaneous raids on prisons across the state, said police.

The officers spotted Thakur in the visitors’ area of the jail and recovered two handwritten pages with 40 mobile phone numbers and the names of those they were issued against, informed the police.

55-year-old Brijesh Thakur, who ran the shelter home, has been arrested and chargesheeted along with nine others. He is the owner of a local daily, “Pratah Kamal”, and is well-known in the corridors of power in Patna. Thakur ran several non-profits and was a member of several state-level media committees, including the press accreditation, Press Information Bureau and the Bihar assembly press committee.

A district administration official said the names of some powerful people, including a minister, were written on two pages recovered from Thakur during the search. Bihar Police on Saturday conducted raids on over a dozen of jails in the state and recovered objectionable items from prisoners.

Thakur has spent five days in the Muzaffarpur Central Jail since he was arrested on June 2. “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.

 

(With inputs from IANS)

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