PATNA: Muzaffarpur police are looking for a woman named Madhu who had been a top aide of Brajesh Thakur for over 17 years and went missing days before the FIR was lodged in connection with the Balika Grih sex scandal.
Sources said several raids have been conducted by police in the past two weeks to nab Madhu, but they have remained futile. Madhu, who used to describe herself as the director of Thakur’s NGO, is believed to have been the chief conduit in the sex trade that was allegedly run by using the minor girls lodged at the Balika Grih.
While no FIR has yet been registered against Madhu yet, her name figures in the case diary of police during the investigation of the allegations of repeated sexual and physical assaults on the minor girls, said sources.
“Madhu, who grew up at the Chaturbhuj Sthan red-light area in Muzaffarpur, came in contact with Thakur in 2001 when a trainee IPS officer, Dipika Suri, started a rehabilitation programme for the women in the area. A committee formed by the officer for the purpose had Madhu, Thakur and ten other people,” said a police official familiar with the probe.
Although Thakur had given full charge of his NGO, Vama Shakti Vahini, to Madhu, she had also been managing the affairs of his main NGO, Seva Sankalp evam Vikas Samiti. Many victims of the Balika Grih have named Madhu.
It was Madhu who used to organise the supply of the girls from the shelter home to different hotels in Muzaffarpur and other places, including to New Delhi, said police sources. “Her arrest would reveal a whole lot of information about the sex trade racket that was going on,” said an official.
Madhu has gone underground since the last week of May. Police sources said it is possible that she has left Bihar.