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Probe into mystery deaths


New Delhi, April 23: National Child Rights Protection Commission (NCPCR) today ordered an inquiry into the mysterious deaths of two teenaged tribal girls from Jharkhand who were allegedly trafficked to the capital earlier this month.

The girls, Jyoti Mariyam Horo and Jayma Gudia, aged around 14 years, might have been sexually abused and poisoned to death, primary investigations have suggested. While Horo died in Delhi four days back, Gudia died on board a train on her way to Khunti in Jharkhand on Monday.

A post-mortem was conducted in Khunti on Gudia, but its report is still awaited. Horo’s body has been lying at All India Institute of Medical sciences since Friday when she was brought there following her death at Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital. Her post-mortem will be conducted on Thursday when her family members arrive in the capital.

Officials attached with Shakti Vahini, the NGO which alerted the commission about the case, said that the girls were brought to Delhi by one Chandmoni on April 11. “However, we have not yet been able to find out what exactly were the girls doing here and what led to their deaths,” said Nishi Kant of Shakti Vahini.

Police officials at Malviya Nagar, where an FIR was lodged under 174 CrPC (death under unusual circumstances), said that during primary interrogation Chandmoni had denied trafficking of the girls and said that the girls, who were classmates in a government school near Torpa village in Khunti, had come to Delhi with her and were staying at her rented room in Chirag Delhi.

“She has denied that they were brought here as part of trafficking and said that few days back, Jyoti, who had been suffering from jaundice, fell extremely sick and died after being taken to hospital in Malviya Nagar. The other girl got scared following her friend’s death and Chandmoni sent her to her village with her daughter but she, too, complained of abdominal pain and died on way. Post-mortem will reveal the nature and circumstances of the deaths,” Malviya Nagar SHO Vijay Pal told The Telegraph.

A team comprising of NCPCR officials and police also grilled Chandmoni and her accomplices at the police station but could not extract any more information.

Commission member Nina P Naik, who has been monitoring the case, said all efforts would be undertaken to get to the bottom of the case and ensure justice for the victims.

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