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Rohtak cops go slow on shelter probe

chandigarh Updated: Jun 20, 2012 12:57 IST
Jatinder Kohli

As the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe the involvement of police personnel in exploitation of Apna Ghar shelter home inmates continues its inquiry, parallel investigations into the case by Rohtak cops seem to have taken a back seat.

Rohtak police had been directed to probe aspects of the case other than those being looked into by the SIT. However, the local police have so far failed to find any trace of the 28 girls and many infants, who were allegedly sold out by shelter home owner, Jaswanti Devi, in the last few years.

After National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) conducted a raid on the shelter home on May 9, the state police chief constituted the SIT. Local police investigation since has been lax.

The police are still gasping to find clues about five infants who were allegedly sold by Jaswanti.
"The police should also concentrate on various other points too, including finding out the missing girls and others who were abandoned by Jaswanti," sources said.

Sources said Rohtak police recorded the statements of inmates after the raid conducted by NCPCR. "Now, SIT is also recording statements from the home inmates," sources said.

Inspector general of police, Rohtak and officials of the SIT were not available for comment. Meanwhile, Haryana DGP Ranjiv Singh Dalal no politician or any high official's name had cropped up during the investigations so far.

He said the SIT under ADGP MS Mann had done "excellent job".

'Govt shielding Deepender Hooda'
SIRSA: The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) senior leader and Ellenabad legislator, Abhay Singh Chautala has accused the Haryana government of delay in handing over the Rohtak sex abuse case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

He said the government was postponing the issue for want of destroying evidences and saving chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's son Deepender Hooda.

Chautala was addressing a press conference at his Dabwali road residence and said this while responding to a query raised by mediapersons.

Chautala said: "Rohtak MP Deepinder Singh Hooda frequented Apna Ghar shelter home and was on good
terms with its owner Jaswanti Devi."

Mentioning the name of a website, he said Deepender Hooda shared many photographs with Jaswanti Devi on various occasions. He said the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government showed leniency in handing over the case to the CBI so that the evidences against Rohtak MP's involvement could be erased.

City magistrate submits report on missing girl
Yamunanagar: City magistrate (CTM) Pooja Chawaria submitted a report on a missing inmate of Bal Kunj, a shelter home at Chhachhrauli, to the deputy commissioner here on Monday.

The shelter home had hit the headlines on May 30 after a girl went missing from the shelter home. The investigations into the case were handed over to Chawaria, who had to submit the report within 10 days.

As per the investigations, the inmates had reportedly told the journalists that they are being subjected to sexual, mental and physical abuse by their administrators.

On being asked, the officials accepted that they were facing difficulties due to shortage of staff and poor conduct of house mothers, who took care of the inmates, but they said that Bal Kunj being compared to Rohtak's Apna Ghar was disheartening.

During the course of the city magistrate's investigation, many other issues came to fore. An inmate of the shelter home revealed that she, along with another girl, was raped, but later retracted from her statement and blamed the police officials for forcing her to give such a statement.

Meanwhile, many teams visited the shelter home, including a team from the Haryana State Council for Child Welfare (HSCCW), another from the high court headed by advocate Anil Malhotra, but all of them abstained from giving any statements to the media.

Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Ashwini Maingi said: "Now the walls of the shelter home are being raised and barbed wires are being put on the edges of the walls. Security will be tightened in order to avoid any such situations in future."