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Four arrested in shelter home abuse case

2 minor girls who had fled the facility alleges they were being molested by the owner, his son

Kumud Jenamani Jamshedpur Published 16.06.21, 07:56 PM
The four accused under police custody at Bistupur on Wednesday.

The four accused under police custody at Bistupur on Wednesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta

Four persons, including two women, who were absconding after being charged with molestation by Telco police on June 6, have been arrested from Singroli district of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday.

The four identified as 46-year-old Harpal Singh Thapper, his wife Pushpa Rani Turkey, 45, Geeta Kaur, 45, and Aditya Singh, 20, have been brought from Singroli to the steel city on transit remand.


All the four accused are residents of Samsher Tower at Kharangajhar in Telco.

Superintendent of police (City) Subhash Chandra Jat said that Thapper and his wife Pushpa were running an NGO, Mother Teresa Welfare Trust, at Kharangajhar where minor homeless girls were being given shelter.

"On June 6, two of the minors, about 16-year-old each, had alleged that Thapper had been molesting them. Later during investigation, the involvement of three others had come to fore. The police had registered a case of molestation and also POCSO Act against the four on the basis of an FIR.

But as soon as the case was registered, all the four accused had gone underground, "said the SP (City).

As a follow-up action, a team was set up led by additional SP, Kumar Gaurav. The team succeeded in tracing the accused at a location in Singlori district where they were hiding.

According to police, two victims had fled the Kharangajhar shelter home on the night of June 5, following which the conductors of the home reported the matter to the Telco police. But when the missing duo were traced the next day, they refused to return to the home and had made the allegations against Thapper and others.

According to the victims, Thapper and Aditya would molest them while Pushpa and Geeta would make them do the toilsome domestic work and would often assault them.

The police forwarded all the four accused to the Ghaghidih Central Jail after producing them before a judicial magistrate late in the afternoon.

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