Patna shelter home: Another inmate dies after two go missing

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Patna: Weeks after the death of two women inmates at Patna shelter home, a state-run facility meant for women with mental disabilities, a third inmate died on Friday. The latest death comes a day after two other women went missing here.

Anamika(27), an inmate of the Aasra shelter home here, was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition on Thursday, informed Rajeev Ranjan Prasad, Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) Superintendent.

“She had been complaining of breathlessness and was severely anaemic. She died at 8 pm on Friday,” Prasad said.

Two other inmates, both in their early 30s, went missing Thursday and an FIR was lodged at the Rajeev Nagar police station in this connection, SHO Rohan Kumar said.

The Aasra shelter home had hit the headlines earlier this month when two of its inmates—a 16-year-old girl and a 40-year-old woman— had fallen ill and were declared brought dead at the PMCH.

Following the deaths, which took place in the intervening night of August 10-11 and evoked an outcry, Manisha Dayal and Chirantan Kumar, who ran the NGO entrusted with running the shelter home, were arrested and remanded to jail custody.

Later, the Bihar Social Welfare Department deputed its own personnel at the shelter home for its upkeep as an interim measure.

A decision was also taken by the Nitish Kumar government to phase out awarding of contracts to NGOs for running such care units.

The Patna shelter deaths have emerged at a time when the CBI is investigating the sexual abuse of over 30 girls a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

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